'Tree Sculpture Version 3' by Jina Wallwork
'Tree Sculpture Version 3 (detail)' by Jina Wallwork
“... a person in whom the social feeling is at all developed, cannot bring himself to think of the rest of his fellow creatures as struggling rivals with him for the means of happiness, whom he must desire to see defeated in their object in order that he may succeed in his. The deeply rooted conception which every individual even now has of himself as a social being, tends to make him feel it one of his natural wants that there should be harmony between his feelings and aims and those of his fellow creatures.”-J.S.Mill
“it is universally considered just that each person should obtain that (whether good or evil) which he deserves; and unjust that he should obtain a good, or be made to undergo an evil, which he does not deserve... Speaking in a general way, a person is understood to deserve good if he does right, evil if he does wrong; and in a more particular sense, to deserve good from those to whom he does or has done good, and evil from those to whom he does or has done evil. The precept of returning good for evil has never been regarded as a case of the fulfilment of justice, but as one in which the claims of justice are waived, in obedience to other considerations.” - J.S.Mill
“Justice implies something which it is not only right to do, and wrong not to do, but which some individual person can claim from us as his moral right. No one has a moral right to our generosity or beneficence, because we are not morally bound to practise those virtues towards any given individual.”- J.S.Mill
“It is natural to resent, and to repel or retaliate, any harm done or attempted against ourselves, or against those with whom we sympathise. The origin of this sentiment it is not necessary here to discuss. Whether it be an instinct or a result of intelligence...”
“retribution, or evil for evil, becomes closely connected with the sentiment of justice,”- J.S. Mill
"Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do." -Jeremy Bentham
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust
"So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other". -Lao TzuExistence creates the idea of non-existence. We always presume duality, such as the belief in good and evil. However non-existence cannot create the idea of existence, because nothing exists to create. There can be no connection between two, because one is simply a concept and the other is everything.
"I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating." - SophoclesThere are things to learn from defeat. We realize what is needed in the next step to succeed. We learn of the gaps within our ability and it reveals the practical steps that can be taken in order to improve. If we cheat to achieve victory then we will never learn the processes. Learning the process of how to succeed is far more beneficial than a single act of success.
"I love all religions, but I am in love with my own."
- Mother Teresa
When we see fault in another, we also become aware of a fault within ourselves. We become aware of our inability to deal with the person. We become aware of our inability to understand and empathize. Their behavior triggers a series of responses, in which we realize that we still have many things to learn."When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."-Wayne Dyer
"Even the tiniest initial deviation from the truth is subsequently multiplied a thousandfold."-Aristotle
"If we know how to create the energy of love, understanding, compassion, and beauty, then we can contribute a lot to the world." -Thich Nhat Hanh
"Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. if it doesn't, it is of no use."-Carlos CastanedaYou can tell if a path has a heart. It isn't a question of loving what you do, some days the challenges will feel large and some days everything will flow easily. All paths contain a variety of emotion. You will know your path has a heart when you fully claim it as your own. When you recognize that the path you walk is a reflection of who you are; When you recognize that it is perfectly tailored to provide all the lessons you will ever need. You are the heart of the path you travel; you are the heart of the life you live.
"The wise are wise only because they love."-Paulo CoelhoEverything we learn, stems from our ability to love. When we are hurt by another, it is our love that drives us to understand why. It is love that raises the question, how are they suffering? How have I contributed to this problem? What could I have done to improve the situation? All of these questions come from love. They come from the ability to love those who have hurt us. Love teaches us wisdom, because love and compassion plant the seed of wisdom. Love leads you to ask the greatest questions and through this, you discover a higher understanding.
"Forgiveness is like a rough diet with no payback--you won't like it until it's over"-Caroline MyssI've reached a point in my life where I have embraced a healthy lifestyle. You remove the concept of dieting and replace it with a complete way of life that is healthy. Viewing forgiveness as a diet makes sense. We sometimes think it's enough to lose weight or say you have forgiven another, both of these methods are temporary fixes. Being healthy cannot be achieved by a two week crash diet; Forgiveness cannot be achieved by a declaration within a single conversation. A healthy lifestyle is not a diet and true forgiveness is also a lifestyle. Forgiveness is something that must be achieved on a day to day bases. If forgiveness cannot become a part of your lifestyle, then you risk spending each day punishing those around you. Forgiveness is a part of a healthy lifestyle.
"My current series of paintings is about women's personal transformations and healing. I depict subjects who are in various states of emergence from patterns that have had a negative impact on their lives."-Joyce Polance
"Lie not, neither to thyself nor men nor God. Let mouth and heart be one — beat and speak together, and make both felt in action. It is for cowards to lie."-George Herbert
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there"- Leslie Poles Hartley
"The heart is half a prophet"- Jewish ProverbThe heart is our greatest teacher and spiritual adviser. It knows all our greatest needs and will always lead us in the direction that is right for who we are. No other leader or prophet could understand us so completely. It is the perfect guide and teacher.
"There is no word or action but has its echo in Eternity. Thought is an Idea in transit, which when once released, never can be lured back, nor the spoken word recalled. Nor ever can the overt act be erased All that thou thinkest, sayest, or doest bears perpetual record of itself, enduring for Eternity."- Pythagoras
"The warm sun was shining on us."Is this not love?" I asked, pointing in the direction from which the heat came. "Is this not love?" It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow. But Miss Sullivan shook her head, and I was greatly puzzled and disappointed."-Helen Keller
"The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."-Khalil GibranWe only receive the lessons that we are ready to receive. It often feels as though life gives us to much to cope with; we are pushed to the very boundaries of experience. We are capable of receiving joy and sorrow in equal measure, because we receive a rounded experience of life. This experience spans a lifetime. At points we will exist within more sorrow than joy. Wait! If you can experience deep sorrow then you can also experience great joy. One of the best things about being alive is discovering the depths of what you are capable of feeling. When you love to the depths of what you can feel, it is always magic.
"When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "compared to what?"" -Sydney J.Harris
"People are accustomed to look at the heavens and to wonder what happens there. It would be better if they would look within themselves, to see what happens there." -Menachem Mendel of Kotzk
"Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them." -Henri Frederic AmielWe will receive some of our wishes and others will remain a dream. Whatever our lives hold, it will always feature great joys and great sorrows. Every path is difficult and features both challenges and success. There can be no place for jealousy because everyone is struggling with something. Some people hide their problems better than others.
"Conversations cease when we learn to discover the joys of internalization."-Acharaya MahapragyaEven when no words are spoken there is still a conversation that takes place. This internal conversation exists within ourselves. A wave of constant questions that we must explore to understand who we are. internalization initiates a conscious understanding of self. There are some questions that only you can answer.
"I don't want to convert people to Buddhism — all major religions, when understood properly, have the same potential for good."-Dalai LamaAt the core of all religions is a loving compassionate God or essence. A powerful love that is sometimes misunderstood. I believe that some people feel Gods love and they become so overwhelmed they begin to believe that this love is only meant for them. They sometimes deceive themselves that God hasn't enough love for everyone, or that God's love must be received according to a set of rules. Does it matter what religion or belief system, you use to receive God's love?
"The oldest, shortest words— "yes" and "no"— are those which require the most thought."-PythagorasWe can speak constantly and avoid saying these words. Yes and no are the pillars of integrity. When we speak these words, they are definitive. They are the end of a conversation or argument. If I asked something of great importance, yes or no is the reply I would desire. If asked, 'Do you love me?' I would desire a clear answer delivered after great thought. It isn't enough to say words that can be interpreted a number of different ways. To avoid the question by speaking words that are not yes or no, would perpetuate the experience of being asked the same question. These words allow a new conversation to form, and the word that is chosen becomes the foundation of that conversation. Answers allow us to move forward.
"Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what thou dost love, And do what thou wouldst do"- Hymn by Edwin HatchI have to admire Edwin Hatch for choosing God as a role model. To love as God loves, seems near impossible. People who believe in God, tend to believe that they will always be loved and forgiven. God loves us more than we are capable of loving ourselves. To choose that you want to love all, unconditionally, is a huge task. It seems impossible but I don't think that matters. If you aim for greatness and you fall short, you will still have achieved a great deal. If a belief encourages you to embrace the best that you can be then it is great belief.
" ...Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibers connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibers, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects." -Henry Melvill
"The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others."- Pierre Teilhard de ChardinWhen you give a large part of yourself to others, you become the best of who you are. If you never express yourself completely then you become a stranger to those who share your life. If you give your true self then every relationship is a true connection. Is there anything more satisfying than being yourself and being understood.
"If Allah had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: therefore, if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (guarantees of) peace, then Allah hath opened no way for you (to war against them)."- Quran
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them" -Henry David Thoreau
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”