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Submitted by: Drew Sison
The universe doesn’t really care about our existence in this cosmological suspension and yet, we, the supposedly “intelligent beings” are out to hate and heartbreakingly, kill one another. At this point in time when we all struggle to maintain our precious life, we cling to ideals and values that make us humans.
Social media has been a medium to spew hates, threats and animosity towards each other. Some people have turned into keyboard warriors and instead of enabling intellectual discussion (which ideally constitutes an open mind and respect), voila they lower the playing field by slinging mud to those who oppose their views, therefore engaging a virtual word war that causes stress and anxiety.
Conflict has been constantly present in the universal makeup. Historically, we have been struggling to fight for peace, order and equality; our ideals in making this world a better place to live in continuously transcends from one generation to another. Each era has its own share of hero and villains.
We have icons and personalities who tremendously and tirelessly voiced their thoughts and aimed to push the human race forward. Here are the statements that may bring out the good vibes in you in times of turmoil and trouble.
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
– Dante Alighieri
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
– Elie Wiesel
“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.”
– Nelson Mandela
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
– To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee
“Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t.”
– Oskar Schindler
“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”
– Rosa Parks
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
– Carl Sagan
So when you are caught up in a battle with irrationality and when a legion of bashers try to silence you, take a deep breath and remember what Bill Waterson said in his comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”
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