Show Your Children, They Will See

From Denise Levertov:

Very few people really see things unless they’ve had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus.

Link: Wisdom Quotes – Denise Levertov Quotation

When I was growing up, my father took my sisters and I riding through rural Virginia almost every weekend. We learned to appreciate the beauty of the rolling Virginia countryside. He would point out a pretty horse, a recently cut hayfield, a hawk in a dead tree, a groundhog feeding at the edge of a field, a scenic farmhouse, a bull in a pasture.

Now, many years later, my sisters and I still ride through the countryside when we gather in Virginia at Christmas, enjoying the beauty of the surroundings and the memories of our childhood.

Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government: Church and State

"Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." –Thomas Jefferson to Danbury Baptists, 1802.

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes." –Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, 1813.

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own." –Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 1814.

Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government

Jefferson on Politics & Government: Governed by Reason

"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth." –Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804

"A government of reason is better than one of force." –Thomas Jefferson to Richard Rush, 1820

Link Jefferson on Politics & Government: Governed by Reason

Know Thyself

Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Frank Outlaw

via Deeshaa

The Battle Within

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good–he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person too." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." Anonymous