Reading, thinking ... changing?
I found myself drawn down an interesting path the other night while doing some reading on the past relationships of Germany and the United States … coming across a quote that sent me fully into a micro burst review of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Most may know him for his poetic drama, Faust. Born 1749 in Frankfurt, Germany I found him, in my quick overview, to be a prolific writer and thinker, a lover of both art and science and quite the romantic (see The Sorrows of Young Werther)
Anyway … here are a few notable quotes from within his large library of words and thoughts that seemed poignant. Not just in their application to our world today … but so too in reminding us that while much changes … much stays the same.
"Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise."
For those of us in the US … wake up please. Our government should not be about parties and they should not be about dividing us up and having us fight against each other while the outcome is a win for them no matter how things turn out for us. There SHOULD BE NO us and them … the GOVERNMENT IS US!! You cannot talk of tolerance and diversity when we cannot accept that we are different than each other and understand that the idea is not to make us all think and act the same but to find the value in each of our differences and move forward together.
"A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart."
The fear and anger and hate we blame others for having is ours too. Know that is true. It WILL change you!
"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation."
Not much to say here. Some of us have become a nation of lazy headline readers. Searching only for the content that supports our beliefs. Knowing this our “media”, who has all too often shown themselves to be only bloggers looking to earn a paycheck by clicks, has given up journalism to take advantage of our laziness. Fight back. Take responsibility for your mind and your thoughts.
"Doubt grows with knowledge."
As, I think, it should! Question everything. Then question yourself and your understanding of what you think you know. Purposefully seek out and LISTEN to alternative ideas. Do more than provide lip service to the knowledge of the value of diversity of thought!!
"The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way
you treat them is what they become."
We do have influence on those around us. A lot of wise people have said this in other ways. Treat people as you wish to be treated by them. Trust is given easily, but almost impossible to regain once lost. Too many of us, without personal knowledge of someone, have labeled them as something because others have called them as such. Take responsibility for your own assessment.
"The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves."
We only need our government to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. All the rest falls into place if they do that. Instead today we have asked them/allowed them to govern the very nuances of our very personal lives, and in doing so have become weak, afraid and dependent on them. The Government is not responsible for our happiness nor our day to day safety. That is our job. Time to remind them of that. Time to own our lives and take full responsibility for them.
"The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything."
Relax. The world is a chaotic place when it is working correctly. Quit looking to find logic in a world that is anything but logical!! Lighten up a bit.
"We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming."
Now is all that truly matters. If you use NOW wisely tomorrow will be fine and your yesterday’s nothing but the past. Regrets are built on that which we did not do, far more often than on that which we did.
"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow."
Today. Now. (See the quote before this one)
And I saved this one for last …
"A person hears only what they understand."
When you wonder why no one seems to understand the perfectly obvious … when you think to blame them for being, stupid, or ignorant or any other names you might want to label them with … I challenge you to put the onus on yourself … for having failed to communicate your message in a manner that your audience can understand. This is a particular weakness of my own …when I find myself thinking “how can THEY be so … blind or weak or stupid”.
Thanks for reading … interested in thoughts and other quotes that show our continuing struggles seem to change little even while we have traveled so far together.urepub:�}H��C