Quotes of the Week

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Vector illustration of speech bubblesThe theme this week is society. We are social animals and society is the fabric that binds us all together. We don’t have to like each other but we do have to get along with each other if life is to be tolerable and people are to feel safe and secure. Getting along requires us to treat each other with respect of course but society could not function without an accepted system of governance and a broadly common culture. That does not mean people within a given society must be completely homogeneous. It does not mean that there cannot be differences. There are and will always be differences between people within society and that’s fine but for no group can stand completely apart from everyone else in society if society is to function well. You’re either part of society or you’re not. If you choose not to be for whatever reason then that’s your decision and it’s perfectly reasonable to have a preference for living in some other society. That’s why people emigrate, to find a way of life that is more consistent with the way they would prefer to live. However you cannot accept the benefits that come with being a member of a given society and then reject the obligations you have to your fellow citizens which are a natural part of living within a given society. We all have a duty to try to understand our fellow citizens and try to appreciate the reality of their existence. The better we know other people the more we will see them as people just like us with hopes and dreams and a desire to create a better world for their children. Strip away superficial differences and we are in fact all the same. So society must exist for the benefit of everyone if it is to mean anything at all. Everyone should benefit from being a member of society but that means we all have an obligation to contribute to the society within which we live as well. And we must respect our fellow citizens too. Those making the greatest contribution may derive the biggest rewards but the strong should also lend a hand to the weak. We all have a part to play and we all gain when society functions well. If we all work for the common good then society can benefit everyone. So ask yourself this, what contribution are you making and what will your legacy be for future generations? How is your contribution making the world you know a better place? ~Roy Sutton

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. ~Ronald Reagan

The most violent element in society is ignorance. ~Emma Goldman

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. ~Aristotle

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela

Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability. ~Sandra Day O’Connor

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