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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Price of Standing for Something Important


You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill


Let's be VERY clear about "having enemies."
It is never productive to consider anyone to be your "enemy."
The Churchill quote is about other people choosing to label YOU as THEIR enemy.
Whenever a person of principle advocates for important issues,
others will declare them an "enemy."
For example, Martin Luther King, Jr. never chose to view anyone as an enemy,
but many considered him to be their enemy.

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In matters of conscience,
the law of the majority has no place.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi 

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44


Further reading: Don't Let Criticism Get To You

Any Fool Can Criticize

Pragmatism

Conscience

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