“Once you’ve decided that something’s absolutely true, you’ve closed your mind on it, and a closed mind doesn’t go anywhere. Question everything. That’s what education’s all about.”
The ‘democracy gap’ in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse.
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. 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 life.
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”
~ Alexander Dumas
“For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.”
Although I’m not a Catholic, sometimes the idea of confession is a rather comforting idea. Having never been to a Catholic Church and knowing that fictional versions of priests are hardly the same as real ones, I still kind of like the thought of having someone waiting there, no judgement or condemnation, just to talk and give you words of wisdom. Just someone who understands your secrets and is there to help give encouragement without the shame or embarrassment of normal personal confessions. I don’t need to be told what is right, I just need encouragement to do it. I’d like to think priests offer that to their people. It’s a comforting thought.