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Kindness is More Important than Wisdom

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

Theodore Isaac Rubin (born 1923), American psychiatrist and author of more than 25 books of nonfiction, including Compassion and Self-Hate: An Alternative to Despair. He is the past president of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis.


This I Believe: Individual Acts of Kindness

atkins-bookshelf-quotations“My time in Iraq showed me the truth of my beliefs. I believe in mankind — not gods, not devils, not angels and not spirits. I saw man’s bravery from both soldier and civilian, and I saw horror and destruction from them, too. I saw hate and loathing from all sides, and I saw caring for children, rebuilding of hospitals and schools, and feeding the poor. Not by a government but by individuals, by one man helping another man. [emphasis added]

As a medic, I went to local clinics to inspect conditions and help when I could. I delivered supplies to schools and relief centers, and Iraqis who knew us would bring us tea and cigarettes. Language was the only barrier, but a friendly smile bulldozed that wall…

For all the death and destruction reported in the news, there are thousands of stories of kindness and caring that no one ever knows.

I believe that by striving for a world that accepts its oneness, we can transform wars, intolerance, religious persecution and political extremism into memory and maybe even folklore.”

From the essay “Untold Stories of Kindness” by Sgt. Ernesto Haibi, an army medic who served in Iraq. The essay appears in This I Believe II (2008).

Read related posts: This I Believe: Good Can be as Communicable as Evil
Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke

Wisdom of a Grandmother
Wisdom of Tom Shadyac
Wisdom of Morrie Schwartz

For further reading: This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (2008)
http://thisibelieve.org


This I Believe: Good Can be as Communicable as Evil

atkins-bookshelf-quotationsLegendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, and one of the most trusted journalists in broadcast history, developed “This I Believe” a very inspirational and  popular show on the CBS Radio Network that ran from 1951 to 1955. Murrow asked people (famous and everyday folk) to write a short essay (about 600 words) expressing their own personal beliefs (rather than religious dogma) about what inspires them. Dan Gediman and Jay Allison revived the show on NPR where the popular show ran from 2005 and 2009. The program is now featured on Bob Edwards Weekend on Sirius FM. The program has inspired several collections of essays from that show. Simon and Schuster published the best-selling This I Believe: Written for and with a foreword by Edward R. Murrow in 1952. Subsequently, Gediman and Allison published four different collections of “This I Believe” essays between 2006 to 2011. Bookshelf presents one of the essays here. 

“Because of the principle that a calm sea and prosperous voyage do not make news but a shipwreck does, most circulated news is bad news. The badness of it is publicized, and the negative publicity attracts more of the same through repetition and imitation. But good can be as communicable as evil, and that is where kindness and compassion come into play. So long as conscionable and caring people are around, so long as they are not muted or exiled, so long as they remain alert in thought and action, there is a chance for contagions of the right stuff, whereby democracy becomes no longer a choice of lesser evils, whereby the right to vote is not betrayed by staying away from the polls, whereby the freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, and dissent are never forsaken.”

From the essay “Good Can be as Communicable as Evil” by Norman Corwin, professor of writing and journalism at University of Southern California, and is recognized for producing the radio show “On a Note of Triumph” in 1945. The essay appears in This I Believe (2006).

Read related posts: Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke
Wisdom of a Grandmother
Wisdom of Tom Shadyac
Wisdom of Morrie Schwartz

For further reading: This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (2006)
http://thisibelieve.org


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