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When it is genuine, when it is born of the need to speak, no one can stop the human voice. When denied a mouth, it speaks with the hands or the eyes, or the pores, or anything at all. Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love [...] There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. [...] Hate is just as injurious to the person who hates [but love is] capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer: Many people need desperately to receive this message: "I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don't care about them. You are not alone."
-Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same. -Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama "Compassion and the Individual"
Ubuntuis very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human. [We] say, "Yu u nobuntu"; "Hey, so-and-so hasubuntu." Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, "My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours." We belong in a bundle of life. We say, "A person is a person through other persons."
[...] A person withubuntuis open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.
The true writer has a great advantage [...] He knows the great tradition of literature, which has always been the cutting edge of morality, religion, and politics, to say nothing of social reform. * To write with taste, in the highest sense, isto write [...]so that no one commits suicide, no one despairs; to write [...] so that people understand, sympathize, see the universality of pain, and feel strengthened, if not directly encouraged to live on. * If there is good to be said, the writer should say it. If there is bad to be said, he should say it in a way that reflects the truth that, though we see the evil, we choose to continue among the living. * The true artist is never so lost in his imaginary world that he forgets the real world [...] He gets his sense of worth and honor from his conviction that art is powerful--