Saturday, August 29, 2009

Most Inspirational Advice

First off, I agree with Robert Half that "Free advice is worth the price." So, I strive to evaluate "free advice" on the merit of its validity.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Maryanne Williamson

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
— Margaret Mead

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
— Albert Camus, author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

I see this as the only means of life. Any other means is mere existence. What still had meaning for Camus is that despite humans being subjects in an indifferent and "absurd" universe--in which meaning is challenged by the fact that we all die--meaning can be created, however provisionally and unstably, by our own decisions and interpretations.

"If you ever find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause, and reflect."
— Mark Twain

Mark Twain was a great man who critiqued the status quo and refused to be swayed by the strings of society. He was very much a revolutionary and a visionary--a man who was intellectually ahead of his time. There are a few other examples of such people in history, one of whom is Bertrand Russell.

"For my part, I think the important virtues are kindness and intelligence. Intelligence is impeded by any creed, no matter what; and kindness is inhibited by the belief in sin and punishment."
— Bertrand Russell, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, religious skeptic, social reformer, socialist and pacifist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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