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The 11/14/13 Joy Jar

15 Nov

Most people, no matter their race, creed, religion, or national origin want to live in peace. They want their government to deliver basic services and protect them from aggression by outsiders. There are times of totalitarianism where the government becomes the enemy because the government lives by its own strange brand of truth. Dagmar Hovestädt of CNN reported in the article, Germany’s Stasi past looms over NSA spying furor:

It was the Stasi, the “shield and sword” of the Communist party, that was charged with ensuring the power of the party. And it did that mostly by monitoring of people and their behavior. Because even in a regime as repressive as East Germany, people wanted to express who they really were. Many found the courage to follow their hearts and thus became a danger to the existing power structure. That is why the Stasi became an all-encompassing entity in East Germany. It had to have its eyes and ears everywhere possible to make sure “enemies” of the party were uncovered early and disrupted in their activity. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/opinion/nsa-germany-stasi-shadows/

Today, the U.S. President was trying to walk back campaign rhetoric concerning the healthcare law. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the truth wherever it can be found.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
Ramakrishna

In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception, threat and bribery have all been exhausted.
Michael Musto

There are two ways of lying. One, not telling the truth and the other, making up statistics.
Josefina Vazquez Mota

Telling the truth, and confronting the challenge, is what politics is about.
Johann Lamont

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.
June Jordan

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.
Dorothy L. Sayers

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
Franz Kafka

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
Spencer Johnson

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
Cicero

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
Czesław Miłosz

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”
James E. Faust

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“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.”
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. “One word of truth outweighs the world.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
Mahatma Gandhi

The 09/29/13 Joy Jar

29 Sep

There are successive rainstorms rolling through Seattle with blustery winds and at times a heavy downpour. Still, there is something about walking in the rain that is invigorating. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is walking in the rain.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Jesus Christ

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Langston Hughes

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
Roger Miller

I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
Clint Eastwood

Healing rain is a real touch from God. It could be physical healing or emotional or whatever.
Michael W. Smith

Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
John Updike

The 07/16/13 Joy Jar

17 Jul

Tonight a thunder storm hurried through Seattle. Thunder and lightening do not occur that often in Seattle. The storm raced through. That got moi thinking about the role of thunder in a life. Thunder charges and then clears the air. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the thunder which clears the air.

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Mark Twain

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Frederick Douglass

Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.”
Henry David Thoreau

“If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.”
Russian Proverb

“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.”
Charles Caleb Cotton

“Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.”
Eubie Bla

“Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air”
Friedrich von Schiller

God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake, nor through the ocean and the stars, but through the Son of Man, and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing.
William Lyon Phelps