On the Importance of Transcending Ethnocentrism…
Ordinarily we are unaware of the special lens through which we look at life. It would hardly be fish who discovered the existence of water. Students who had not gone beyond the horizon of their own society could not be expected to perceive custom which was the stuff of their own thinking. The scientist of human affairs needs to know as much about the eye that sees as the object seen….
Clyde Kluckhohn, “Mirror for Man”
On American Politics…
There are exhausted ideas, like dead stars, in the American political atmosphere, which nonetheless remain central to the way certain subjects are discussed and to the formulation of national policy. These are ideas that people want or need to be true…There is a real disassociation of perception from analysis and decision, and one looks for an explanation in American political culture.
William Pfaff, “Barbarian Sentiments” p. 5
On the Corona Virus…
I saw thousands who could have overcome the darkness,
For the love of a lousy buck, I’ve watched them die.
Stick around, baby, we’re not through,
Don’t look for me, I’ll see you
When the night comes falling from the sky.
Bob Dylan When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky”
On limited thinking…
He who says “I can not tolerate,” shows his smallness; He who says, “I cannot endure,” shows his weakness; he who says, “I can not associate,” shows his limitation; he who says, “I can not forgive,” shows his imperfection.
By trying to look upon life not only from one’s own point of view but also from the point of another, one loses nothing, but on the contrary widens the horizon of one’s own view.
Sayings of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan
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