Motivation/Inspiration: Albert Schweitzer, Constant Kindness can accomplish much.

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer

Who was Albert Schweitzer?

Albert Schweitzer, OM was an Alsatian polymath. He was a theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. A Lutheran, Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by the historical-critical method current at this time, as well as the traditional Christian view. His…

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Human Rights: James Baladwin, We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted …

“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”
James Baldwin

Who was James Baldwin?
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next…
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Motivation/Inspiration: Confucious, Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”
Confucius

Who was Confucius?

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the…
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The Environment: George Carlin, ” Oh beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain…

“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.”
George Carlin

Who was George Carlin?

George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. He was known for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. He and his “seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S…

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Animal Rights: Albert Schweitzer Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth…

“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
Albert Schweitzer

Who was Albert Schweither?

Animal Rights: A History Albert Schweither

Albert Schweitzer, born 1875 in Kaysersberg in the province of Alsace-Lorraine in the German Empire, is perhaps mostly remembered for his work in Africa as a missionary. He was however also a theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He also set in motion important ideas concerning our ethical treatment of animals, and was an important protagonist in the evolution of our concept of animal rights. He struggled with the paradoxes of the relationship between man and animal as no other philosopher had ever done before. His philosophy has altered attitudes, led to the passage of laws and helped the cause of animal rights in the latter part of the twentieth century.
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Rights_Albert_Schweitzer.htm

Motivation/Inspiration: Lao Tzo, Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength…

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu

Who Was Lao Tzu?

Laozi, also rendered as Lao Tzu and Lao-Tze, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
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Animal Rights:  Bashevis Singer, As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Who was Isaac Bashevis Singer?

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-American writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The Polish form of his birth name was Icek Hersz Zynger. He used his mother’s first name in an initial literary pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, which he later expanded. He was a leading figure in the Yiddish…

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More about Isaac Bashevis Singer’s influence on animal rights

Animal Rights: A History Isaac Bashevis Singer
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Rights_a%20histroy_Isaac_Bashevis_singer.htm

Motivation/Inspiration: Confucius, The more men meditates upon good thoughts,…

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world  at large.”
Confucius

Who was Confucius?

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the…
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Human Rights:Martin Luther Ling Jr., I refuse to accept the view that mankind is…

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who was Martin Luther King Jr. 

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

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Human Rights: Ursula K. Le Guin, My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by…

“My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Who is  Ursula K. Le Guin ?

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American novelist. She worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction, and authored children’s books, short stories, poetry, and essays.

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