COMENIUS BETWEEN RELIGIONS AND ETHICS A COMMON GROUND
Suject 7. Equality before the law, equality before God – non-discrimination
Students from IES Santa Clara, Santander (Spain) Philosophy class, suggest these quotations to think about how differences must be respected and are really an added value for present day societies as much in European Union as all the World over
Without employees from different cultures and layers of our society, we would be poor, both economically and as human beings.”
-Frode Skage Ullebust, IKEA
“In my opinion young people today, whites, blacks, browns whatever else there is, must realize that they live in a time of revolution, a time of change. Those in power have abused it and there has got to be change. A better world needs to be built and the only way it is going to get built is by extreme methods. I will stand with anyone, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change the miserable condition that exists on this earth.”
The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
When we look to the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us, is, that they generally differ much more from each other, than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature. When we reflect on the vast diversity of the plants and animals which have been cultivated, and which have varied during all ages under the most different climates and treatment, I think we are driven to conclude that this greater variability is simply due to our domestic productions having been raised under conditions of life not so uniform as, and somewhat different from, those to which the parent-species have been exposed under nature.
-Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species
Kidnapping people and torturing them in secret, however tempting the short-term gain may appear to be, is what criminals do, not democratic governments.
-Rene van der Linden, president of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
We are all alike, on the inside.
Racism is an attack on the very notion of the universality of human rights. It systematically denies certain people the enjoyment of their full human rights because of their colour, race, ethnicity, descent or national origin.
-Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first signs of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk.
– Klaatu, The Day Earth Stood Still.
Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.
– Klaatu, The Day Earth Stood Still.
I do not want a society where white people are focusing on black racism, and where black are focusing on white racism. Racism is racism, and we have a responsibility to fight it together.
– Akhtar Chaudhry, representative for the Norwegian Socialist Party.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
I’m your worst nightmare, a nigger with a badge.
– Eddie Murphy, on entering a Redneck bar in 48 Hours.
Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind.
– Albert Einstein
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
– Bertrand Russell
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
– Issac Asimov
War is always a defeat for humanity.
– Pope John Paul, Jan 13, 2003
How you can win the population for war: At first, the statesman will invent cheap lying, that impute the guilt of the attacked nation, and each person will be happy over this deceit, that calm the conscience. It will study it detailed and refuse to test arguments of the other opinion. So he will convince step for step even therefrom that the war is just and thank God, that he, after this process of grotesque even deceit, can sleep better.
– Mark Twain
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
– George Bernard Shaw
A fanatic is a person who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
– Edmund Burke
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
– Henry David Thoreau
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster….when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you…
– Friedrich Nietzsche
We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!
– Sir Winston Churchill, 1940
Race: a breeding stock of animals. ”
– Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Online Dictionary
We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.
David Lane (14 Words)
It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.
– Thomas Jefferson
Men who can succeed in deceiving no one else, will succeed at last in deceiving themselves.
– Anthony Trollope, in ‘Miss MacKenzie.
You died because you were different, but we are all alike.
– Friends of Benjamin Hermansen who was killed by neo-Nazis, January 2001
I have a dream.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Neutrality only helps the oppressor, never the victim.
– Elie Weisel
There will come a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!
– Albert Spies
Fear is the path to the Dark Side; fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
– Yoda/Star Wars Episode 1
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
– Henry C. Link
Art and totalitarism are not mutually exclusive.
“Isn’t hate merely the result of wounded love?”
– Amy Tan
“One should never put on one’s best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.”
– Henrik Ibsen
There is no German or West European Jewish question. Whoever recognizes one only adopts or confirms the false thesis of the National Socialists and serves its cause. Until 1933, and for a good century before that, the German Jews were entirely German and nothing else. Proof: the thousands upon thousands of “half” and “quarter” Jews. Jews and Germans lived and worked together without friction in all spheres of life. The German Jews were part of the German nation; they had their place in German life, and were in no way a burden on the whole society. They were and remain (even if they now no longer wish to remain so) Germans — mostly intellectuals and educated people. There is only one solution to the German or West European Jewish question: the defeat of its inventors.
– Victor Klemperer, 10 January 1939
The white race will either inhabit planet earth in totality, or it will not survive at all. There will be no in between in our future.”
– Ben Klassen
The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present. History is a hill or a high point of vantage, from which alone men see the town in which they live or the age in which they are living.
– G. K. Chesterton
Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
– Rick Moranis “Dark Helmet” in Spaceballs
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
– Thomas Jefferson
When I was born, I was black.
When I grow up, I’m black.
When I’m ill, I’m black.
When I go out in the sun, I’m black.
When I’m cold, I’m black.
When I die, I’m black.
But you –
When you’re born, you’re pink.
When you grow up, you’re white.
When you’re ill, you’re green.
When you go out in the sun, you go red.
When you’re cold, you go blue.
When you die, you’re purple.
And you have the nerve to call me coloured?
– Malcom X
A ‘no’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
– Mahatma Ghandi
We’re not only responsible for what we do, but also for what we do not do.
– Erich Kästner
Hate is fear, and fear is rot. That cankers root and fruit alike: Fight cleanly then, hate not, fear not,Strike with no madness when you strike.
– Robert Graves
When the sun of knowledge stands low even dwarfes throw big shadows.
– Markus Fuchs
Im Stechschritt marschieren die Idioten, die Bücher lieber lesen sollten anstatt sie zu verbrennen.” [Marching idiots who should rather read books instead of burning them]
– Indiana Jones, whilst seeing Nazis burn books in Berlin.
What luck for rulers, that men do not think.
– Adolf Hitler. (Source: San Fransisco Examiner, “Grab Bag”)
But beware of the dark side. Anger…fear…aggression. The dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.
– Yoda/Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.
– George Santayana.
It’s never too late to eliminate hate.
One of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they seem to sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain.
– James Baldwin ‘Notes of a Native Son’ 1955
Dort wo man Buecher verbrennt, Verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen – (translation: Wherever books are burnt, men, in the end, are also burnt.)
– Heinrich Heine
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart.
– Anne Frank
If a man calls me a nigger, he is calling me something I am not. The nigger exists only in his own mind; therefore his mind is the nigger. I must feel sorry for such a man.
– Dick Gregory ‘The Shadow That Scares Me’ 1968
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”
– Samuel Johnson 1709-1784
If they don’t stop allowing foreigners into this country right now! I will move to a country where where they allow no immigrants.
– Swedish Neo Nazi
We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: it is to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory – victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
– Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940
Because Fascism is a lie, it is condemned to literary sterility. And when it is past, it will have no history, except the bloody history of murder.”
– Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)
You know when I think of it – it’s just skin.
– BrnSugar (IRC/1994)
Now, when I was a baby, momma named me after the great Civil war hero, General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we was related to him in some way, and what he did was – He started up this club called the Klu Klux Klan. They’d all dress up in their robes and their bed sheets, and act like a bunch of ghost or spooks or something. They’d even put bedsheets on their horses and ride around. In anyway, that was how I got my name – Forrest Gump… My momma said the Forrest part is to remind me that people sometimes do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.
– Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.
When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church — and there was nobody left to be concerned.
– Rev. Martin Niemöller.
The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don’t ask for their love; only for their fear.
– Heinrich Himler.
There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. A state that supresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.”
– Kurt Huber [The head of White Rose], killed by the Nazis in 1943.