Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
“(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.”
— the Prophet Muhammad
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. It is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
–Hermann Göring (leading member of the Nazi Party during WWII)
Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
–Robert Frost, “Birches”
Und weil wir dies Land verbessern
, lieben und beschirmen wir’s
, und das Liebste mag’s uns scheinen
, so wie andern Völkern ihrs.
And since this is the land we’re working to improve, let us love and protect it, and may our land seem dearest to us — just as their own land seems dearest to other nations.
–Bertolt Brecht, Kinderhymne (1950)
Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto: Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario, con él las palabras que pienso y declaro; madre, amigo, hermano y luz alumbrando; la ruta del alma del que estoy amando
— Violeta Parra
“When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.”
— Chris Rock
“There ain’t no bargains in people. You get what you pay for — and the currency is Trouble.”
— Italian American Reconciliation, John Patrick Shanley
Daniel Levy, a senior student at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School of Greater Washington, takes Arabic at school with his Palestinian teacher, Hani Abo Awad; Daniel spends time in Israel every summer. … “Just seeing that in Israel, the Arabs are our neighbors,” he says. “I always thought it was crazy that while they do live next to us in Israel, I don’t speak their language. And while most of them, the ones living in Israel, do speak Hebrew, I thought, if I’m ever going to connect with them in any way, I need to speak their language.” (http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-07-15/teacher-palestinian-students-are-jewish-and-subject-arabic)
Imam Omar Suleiman, a native of New Orleans, social justice activist and founder of non-profit MUHSEN, and currently imam of Valley Ranch Islamic Center of Dallas, spoke at the Dallas funeral for police officers shot last Thursday: “Are we going to be a pluralistic, tolerant, accepting nation that is guided by a unifying principle that everyone has the right to live with the same level of dignity, and be treated equally by the law, and be free to worship in a way that they please, and live their lives in the way that they please?” he asks. “Are we going to be united by that principal?”
“I went out there to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I think there’s no doubt that black lives have not mattered, or have not been treated with the same dignity as other lives, for a very long time,” says Suleiman. (http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-07-13/imam-louisiana-survived-dallas-shooting-here-are-his-thoughts-race-america)