The replacement of fear by love and the provision of equal opportunity must be the highest tasks for mankind. By unswerving commitment to these goals we will find ourselves with the greatest opportunity to achieve peace, for such action will ultimately bring us together as one.
In the Philosophy and Wisdom Teaching of all ancient civilizations, human beings and the Universe were seen as being interconnected and inseparable.
In contrast, Modern Empirical Science is only a net of observations that permit the development of a smoggy outlook of the reality, a tiny window to the Universe, always incomplete in this vast endless search for the meaning of existence. ...
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One of historian and writer John Lerwill's earliest website topics was a page on the history of the city of his upbringing: Birmingham.
An extension of his interest in Birmingham has been concerned with Aston Villa Football Club and after his retirement from IT spent a period as the official historian at the club!
As an active genealogist for many years he has discovered the history of both his paternal and maternal lines. He found that some of his lineage worked hard to help their fellow beings. In various ways, John has also experientially studied practical philosophy over his lifetime.
His interests are reflected in the following links. Most of these topics have evolved out of original research and/or experience.
John's pages are always being updated, so please come back often to check them out.
From the Dalai Lama:
We cannot solve this problem [of terrorism] only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem.
From Abraham Lincoln:
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
From Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring skepticism to an end. To blindly accept a truth one has never reflected upon retards the advance of reason. Our world rots in deceit. . . . Just as a tree bears the same fruit year after year and at the same time fruit that is new each year, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually created anew in thought. But our age pretends to make a sterile tree bear fruit by tying fruits of truth onto its branches.
From Robert Kennedy:
Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things
... the gross national product [GNP, or GDP] does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
From Jim Wallis:
Your political viewpoint IS your spirituality demonstrated.
From Harold Pinter (2005 Nobel Prize speech):
I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all.
- It is in fact mandatory.
From Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
From R. Buckminster Fuller:
I know that I am not a category,
a hybrid specialization.
I am not a thing - a noun.
I seem to be a verb -
an evolutionary process -
an integral function of the Universe.
And so are you.