"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now."
Such a great definition of love . . . .
“There is still so much in the world worth fighting for. So much that is beautiful, so many wonderful people working to reverse the harm, to help alleviate the suffering. And so many young people dedicated to making this a better world. All conspiring to inspire us and to give us hope that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part.”
Dr. Jane Goodall
"In certain regions of South Africa, when someone does something wrong, he is taken to the center of the village and surrounded by his tribe for two days while they speak of all the good he has done. They believe each person is good, yet sometimes we make mistakes, which is really a cry for help. They unite in this ritual to encourage the person to reconnect with his true nature. The belief is that the unity and affirmation have more power to change behavior than shame and punishment. This is known as Ubuntu - humanity towards others."
I was profoundly struck by such a deeply compassionate way for people to be asked to address their mistakes:
Jump into the air!” cried Charlotte. Wilbur jumped as high as he could.
“Keep you knees straight and touch the ground with your ears!” called Charlotte. Wilbur obeyed.
“Do a back flip with a half twist in it!” cried Charlotte. Wilbur went over backwards, writhing and twisting as he went.
“O.K., Wilbur,” said Charlotte. “You can go back to sleep. O.K. Templeton, the soap ad will do, I guess. I’m not sure Wilbur’s action is exactly radiant, but it’s interesting.”
“Actually,” said Wilbur, “I feel radiant.”
“Do you?” said Charlotte, looking at him with affection. “Well, you’re a good little pig, and radiant you shall be.
I’m in this thing pretty deep now—I might as well go the limit.”
I find this passage from “Charlotte’s Web” utterly precious . . .
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