Priceless and something to pass on to my daughter! Tim has inspired me to write to my daughter but I’ll quote him often as his advice to his son, Luke, was sheer poetry.
Happy Father’s Day
I am so disgusted I had to blog my feelings. Everyone is talking about the beating of a 91 year old gentleman and, of course, sensationalizing the video clip by showing it over and over again. But my disgust was gut felt when I realized a whole group of people watched and didn’t even lift a finger to call for help, let alone intervene. What would it take to be a human or show a glimmer of intelligence? These individuals displayed a whole new level of low life. It’s off the charts scummy. There is no question this man is in desperate need so not wanting to get involved, or even more deplorable, not caring is evil. As Elie Wiesel said,
“Of course, indifference can be tempting — more than that, seductive. It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to be involved in another person’s pain and despair. Yet, for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbor are of no consequence. And, therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest. Indifference reduces the other to an abstraction.”… “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.
To all of the people responding to the video with racial slurs – you have merely placed yourself next to those who are indifferent by using such a hideous crime to vent your narrow minds equipped singularly with ignorance. This situation is about people…if you hold such great hate that race defines your life’s confines, you are a lost soul and need to search your own heart to find the strength to realize your dreams and desires. No one is to blame for your situation in life but you.
William Shakespeare (approx. April 23)
Some of my favorite words to live by:
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
Hamlet (III, iii)
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Some quotes for any and everyday from two of my favorite poets, Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson. Each is from previous National Poetry Month posters.
the human soul entire,
squeezed like a lemon or a lime,
drop by drop,
into atomic words.”
– Langston Hughes
To sit and dream, to sit and read,
To sit and learn about the world
Outside our world of here and now—
Our problem world—
To dream of vast horizons of the soul
Through dreams made whole,
Unfettered, free— help me!
All you who are dreamers too,
Help me to make
Our world anew.
I reach out my dreams to you.
– Langston Hughes
The 2005 poster (National Poetry Month) features Emily Dickinson’s dress and a quote from her letters: “Nature is a haunted house—but Art—is a house that tries to be haunted.”
One of my students in my sixth grade social studies class gave me a history book by Howard Zinn. What a great and sophisticated gift from a sixth grader! Never underestimate the power of a child to comprehend. Now I’ve added Howard to my hero list of people who speak truth unfaulteringly and with conviction.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”