Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Greatest Revenge... not only to survive, but to live, hope, and love. To be human is the greatest defiance. 

There are monsters lurking and skulking in the darkness, wanting to victimize us. Whether it be through war crimes, rape, or hate-motivated crimes, they endeavor to rid us of our humanity. To make us feel like we are animals or objects to be owned. 

Sometimes we break. Sometimes we sustain damages on our bodies, in our minds, in souls, in our beings. We begin to wonder, Can I ever be fixed? We fail to remember one thing: when our souls and bodies become broken windows in the dark, a single broken shard has the power to let light in. No matter how small this light may be, it is light nonetheless. The sun may not abundantly stream enough light to show a straight and narrow way out, but as long as there is a spark of light to shine down our feet, it is enough. Step by step, little by little, we are reclaiming the power to get off our knees, stand up, and walk wherever our feet take us. We are taking control. 

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We must never permit the voice of humanity
within us to be silenced. It is Man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him a Man.

--Albert Schweitzer

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

--Viktor E. Frankl