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;

We experience ourselves,
our thoughts and feelings,
as something separated from the rest--
a kind of optical delusion of the consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons
nearest us.


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.”
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