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A Collection of Quotes for These Troubled Times

“If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must have peace and harmony in your hearts and minds. Such change cannot be imposed; it must come from within. Those who abhor war must get war out of their system. Without peaceful people how can you have peace in the world? As long as people are as they are, the world must be as it is”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

-Gandhi

 

“Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.”

– Ramana Maharshi

 

“When people get taken over by the ego to such an extent, there is nothing else in their mind except the ego. They can no longer feel or sense their humanity– what they share with other human beings, or even with other life forms on the planet. They are so identified with concepts in their minds that other human beings become concepts as well.”

“Once you have conceptualized a person, violence becomes almost inevitable. This is because you are not seeing them as a human being anymore. It becomes impossible for you to have any kind of empathy with another individual who does not fit into your collective mind structure.”

– Eckhart Tolle

 

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”

– Albert Camus

 

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

-Albert Einstein

 

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

-Martin Luther King

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Epidemic of Separateness

If I had to pin point the biggest problem in the world today, I would say that it is the epidemic of separateness that permeates every aspect of our lives.

As a society we are always trying to place everyone in their appropriate category, and battling ourselves to improve our status. It happens with the choice of the car you drive, the clothes you wear, or the degree on your wall.

We are also clamouring to rank people.

Radio stations rank the top singers. Hollywood awards oscars to the best actors. Forbes names the richest people in the world. America’s Most Wanted has the most dangerous criminals. TSN names the best hockey players.

Why do we do this?

Many people often align themselves with those they admire in order to elevate their status to the same level. And should anyone say something negative about anothers hero, they would defend them as if they were their own child. This is very prevalent in sports where some fans are so aligned with the success of their team that they violently defend their honour against all opposers, Occasionally to the point of death.

From the negative spectrum we are also very quick to condemn those we perceive as below us. The homeless, the criminals, the drug users, all allow us to elevate our own status at the cost of our perception of their value as human’s.

Perhaps it is fear that drives us. Fear that we will never become anything of value, or fear that we have nothing more to offer.

The truth of the matter is that we are all one. No one better. No one worse

We all came from this planet. Everything inside us is from the earth. Whatever force created the universe is equal inside all of us. To paraphrase Eckhart Tolle “We don’t have a life, we are life.”

Would you rank the best trees? I suppose you could rank the tallest tree, the greenest, or the longest living. But none of that captures the essence of a tree. How from billions of years of creation the universe has expressed itself so perfectly in it’s stillness. Don’t get it? It sure is tall though.

And that is essentially what happens with people. When we rank everything in such a superficial way we ignore the very essence inside every person. We forget that in the most important way we are all linked, we are all one.

If everyone truly realized this I wonder how different the world would be. Would millions be left to starve while millions of others waste food? Would those without money and insurance be left without health care? Would wars be waged if you realized how closely linked you are with those you wish to attack?

Maybe one day…