Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I am here but far away.

"A human•being is part of a whole,
called by us the Universe,
a part limited in time and space;
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We experience ourselves,
our thoughts and feelings,
as something separated from the rest--
a kind of optical delusion of the consciousness.
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This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons
nearest us.

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Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

~ Albert Einstein








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“As a leader... I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a con-sensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
~ Nelson Mandela