Just a little note of something that I need to remember:
“If people are choosing between saying something and saying nothing, they’re almost always better off saying something.”
Emily McDowell via The Art of Non-Conformity.
Emily has created around 2,000 cards that aren’t full of platitudes, and realise that there isn’t always a good way to say hard things.
“If you are going to live your life in Technicolor, then you have to expect some spilled paint.” Air Commodore John Oddie (Retd.)
A quick follow-up to my Science and Religion post, this time coming from the atheist side.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” ? Christopher Hitchens
This statement is known as Hitchens’ Razor; the burden of proof lies with the person making the claim. Mr Hitchens used it first to criticise the beatification of Mother Theresa in 2003.
It seems that last week’s post on Inaction was just setting the scene for this post. Today is Martin Luther King Day [^] in the US.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr King was talking about segregation and racial oppression in the 1960s, but this still hold true today. History is full of immoral acts that were allowed to continue unchecked because of silence and inaction.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”