1. “Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.” —  Benjamin Franklin

The awareness and acceptance of one’s own strength and weaknesses is wisdom. This person ceases to look down upon others. He radiates compassion and equanimity and affects positively on those around him. He sees the shortcomings in others as his own shortcoming, thus when he works on himself, others around him improve in kind. And because he knows his own strength and the strength of others he is able to act most effectively and is able to bring out the best in his peers. Because he chooses to acknowledge the beauty in others, while in discernment of his own vices is endowed with humility, his life becomes a source of great inspiration for those around him.

Benjamin Franklin. (Wikimedia/Public domain)

2. “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our humankind as a whole has made great strides forward with our science and technology, this is of course a great thing. Yet there remains an issue of stability, and issue of balance -the material and immaterial should develop in kind in order for the longevity of our human race to be assured. As it stands the more connected we are via technology the more disconnected we become to our fellow human beings. Because of this instability, intolerance, and chaos abounds at a greater scale than hitherto unknown.

Martin Luther King (Wikimedia/Public domain)

The important thing to know is that this situation can be remedied, if each of us can search within and to heed Benjamin Franklin’s advice, mutual-understanding and cooperation would prevail in this world.

3. “The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.” — Native American proverb

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The French writer, Alexander Dumas at the end of his famous novel The Count of Monte Cristo, wrote:

“He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.”

How true this is for it is because of ugliness that we recognize beauty, because of evil that we know good, because of pain we know pleasure. It is only in the abyss of despair that our resurrection is found in the light of hope.

Should you ever fall sharply in life, don’t beat yourself down too harshly, you only fell in order to rise again with strength redoubled.

It is as the Dalai Lama once said,

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”

How ironic that life should be so painstakingly beautiful.

4.  This above all: to thine own self be true.

     And it must follow, as the night the day,

     Thou canst not then be false to any man.

      – William Shakespeare

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