Orwell was dealing with communism and his disillusionment with communism in russia and what he saw the communists do in spain. his novel was a response to those political situations. whereas i was interested in more things than the political atmosphere. i was considering the whole social atmosphere: the impact of tv and radio and the lack of education. i could see the coming event of schoolteachers not teaching reading anymore. the less they taught, the more you wouldn't need books.
Well, the traveling teachers do come through every few months," said the baron. "yes, sir, i know, sir, and they're useless, sir. they teach facts, not understanding. it's like teaching people about forests by showing them a saw. i want a proper school, sir, to teach reading and writing, and most of all thinking, sir, so people can find what they're good at, because someone doing what they really like is always an asset to any country, and too often people never find out until it's too late.
Let us cultivate love and compassion, both of which give life true meaning. This is the religion i preach. It is simple. Its temple is the heart. Its teaching is love and compassion. Its moral values are loving and respecting others, whoever they may be. Whether one is a lay person or a monastic, we have no other option if we wish to survive in this world.
People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what and who we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.
From somewhere, back in my youth, heard prof say, 'manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' he had been teaching me something he himself did not understand very well—something in math—but had taught me something far more important, a basic principle.
Nowhere does one become more convinced of the strong hold which freemasonry takes upon the minds and lives of those aging workers in the craft who have attained its highest honors and of their firm belief in the power of its teachings to purify the soul of men and raise them to a new dignity and to greater heights of spirituality and practical morality.
... The person who, at any stage of a conversation, disagrees, should at least hope to reach agreement in the end. He should be as much prepared to have his own mind changed as seek to change the mind of another ... No one who looks upon disagreement as an occasion for teaching another should forget that it is also an occasion for being taught.
Mothers have the huge influence, and i feel like they're always teaching us from the day we're born what to be afraid of, what to be cautious of, what we should like and what we should look like. Then we spend half of our life trying to be not like them, and then we reach another part of our lives where we see these things we can't get rid of.
Jesus no doubt fits his teaching into the late-jewish messianic dogma. But he does not think dogmatically. He formulates no doctrine. He is far from judging any man's belief by reference to any standard of dogmatic correctness. Nowhere does he demand of his hearers that they shall sacrifice thinking to believing.