The indigenous understanding has its basis of
spirituality in a recognition of the interconnectedness
and interdependence of all living things, a holistic
and balanced view of the world. All things are
bound together. All things connect. What happens
to the Earth happens to the children of the earth.
Humankind has not woven the web of life; we are
but one thread. Whatever we do to the web, we
do to ourselves.
-- Rebecca Adamson
crucial to understand that as a society, we can
reorganize. We can reorganize socially, politically,
and economically, and we can reorganize according
to our values.
-- Rebecca Adamson
a society where all are related, simple decisions
require the approval of nearly everyone in that
society. It is society as a whole, not merely
a part of it, that must survive. This is the indigenous
understanding. It is the understanding in a global
sense. We are all indigenous people on this planet,
and we have to reorganize to get along.
-- Rebecca Adamson
only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity,
tolerance and understanding and our commitment to
making the world a better place for all...
-- Muhammad Ali
travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating
that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die,
it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand
each other, we may even become friends.
-- Maya Angelou
are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we
don't come to understand that right soon, there
will be no nations, because there will be no humanity."
-- Isaac Asimov
Since the beginning, Native Peoples lived a life
of being in harmony with all that surrounds us.
It is a belief that all humankind are related to
each other. Each has a purpose, spirit and sacredness.
It is an understanding with the Great Spirit or
Creator that we will follow these ways. And in this
understanding we believe we are related to all other
In the globalized world that is ours, maybe we
are moving towards a global village, but that
global village brings in a lot of different people,
a lot of different ideas, lots of different backgrounds,
lots of different aspirations. I think respect
and understanding will help that village function
better than it does today.
-- Lakhdar Brahimi
striving for the best, in losing onself in others,
one is lifted above the common material furniture
of life, above the gaudy trappings and encumbering
paraphenalia... into the realm of peace which passeth
-- Olympia Brown
than ever before, there is a global understanding
that long-term social, economic, and environmental
development would be impossible without healthy
families, communities, and countries.
who have always been free can understand the
terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom
to those who are not free.
-- Pearl S. Buck
of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on
which all of us may meet.
By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans
shall come to understand each other."
-- Louis J. Camuti
mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill,
and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders
on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities
for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.
-- Chen Shui-bian
are no magic answers, no miraculous methods
to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar
ones: honest search for understanding, education,
organization, action ... and the kind of commitment
that will persist despite the temptations of
disillusionment, despite many failures and only
limited successes, inspired by the hope of a
-- Noam Chomsky
are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome
the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest
search for understanding, education, organization, action
that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators
or that lays the basis for institutional change -- and
the kind of commitment that will persist despite the
temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures
and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of
a brighter future."
-- Noam Chomsky
have to take risks.
We will only understand the miracle of life fully
when we allow the unexpected to happen.
-- Paulo Coelho
superior person understands rightness; the inferior
person understands profit
We all have families who are longing for peace
in the world and an end to the suffering caused
by poverty, disease, and hunger. Untold numbers
of our friends, our neighbors, our parents, and
our children, are hoping that there is more understanding,
more generosity, more genuine friendship, and
more caring among people of all faiths and cultures.
-- John Conyers
day of peace and sharing can lead to greater understanding
and cooperation among political parties, faith
groups, and people of different races and economic
-- John Conyers
new education must be less concerned with sophistication
than compassion. It must recognize the hazards of
tribalism. It must teach man the most difficult
lesson of all—to look at someone anywhere in the
world and be able to see the image of himself. The
old emphasis upon superficial differences that separate
peoples must give way to education for citizenship
in the human community. With such an education and
with such self-understanding, it is possible that
some nation or people may come forward with the
vital inspiration that men need no less than food.
Leadership on this higher level does not require
mountains of gold or thundering propaganda. It is
concerned with human destiny. Human destiny is the
issue. People will respond."
-- Norman Cousins
problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction
of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created
problems which can be resolved through human effort,
understanding and the development of a sense of
brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate
a universal responsibility for one another and
the planet we share. --
the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love
only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught."
~ Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet
criticize what you can't understand, your sons
and your daughters are beyond your command."
-- Bob Dylan
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility
that comes with his freedom.
-- Bob Dylan
We are all together in this, we are all together
in this single living ecosystem called planet
earth. As we learn how we fit into the greater
scheme of things, and begin to understand how
the system works, we can plan ahead, we can use
the resources responsibly, to show some respect
for this inheritance that goes back 4.6 billion
~ Sylvia Earle
cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved through understanding.
-- Albert Einstein
cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved
-- Albert Einstein
and more individuals worldwide are realizing that
war does not solve conflict, nor resolve long-standing
cycles of violence. As more of those who have
this understanding communicate it to policy-makers
and more particularly, start implementing it in
their own lives and localities, change will start
to happen. -- Scilla
are astonishing stories of heroism not only in
preventing bloodshed, but in building understanding
which lasts. -- Scilla
therefore, can be described as an honest and diligent
pursuit of truth. It could also mean the search
for the meaning of life or the purpose of life,
questions that have tormented humankind for centuries.
The fact that we have not been able to find satisfactory
answers to these questions does not mean there
is no answer. It only means we have not searched
with any degree of honesty. The search has to
be both external and internal. We seek to ignore
this crucial search because the sacrifices it
demands are revolutionary. It means moving away
from greed, selfishness, possessiveness, and dominance
to love, compassion, understanding, and respect.
-- Arun Gandhi
towards opponents and eagerness to understand
their view-point is the ABC of non-violence.
~ Mohandas Gandhi
someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers
a kind word of encouragement,
or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary
things begin to happen.
-- Loretta Girzaitis
we can forgive one another, we have to understand
one another." -- Emma
us develop respect for all living things. Let
us try to replace violence and intolerance with
understanding and compassion. And love.
~ Jane Goodall
just have this absolute belief that humans are
moving away from cruelty and destruction towards
a time when we can truly live in harmony with
nature. When we understand that there is a spiritual
power around us from which we can draw strength.
That is where I believe human destiny ultimately
is taking us. I just hope we have time."
~ Jane Goodall
us develop respect for all living things. Let us
try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding
and compassion. And love.
~ Jane Goodall
“Self-observation brings man to the realization
of the necessity of self-change. And in observing
himself a man notices that self-observation itself
brings about certain changes in his inner processes.
He begins to understand that self-observation
is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.”
-- George Gurdjieff
self knowledge, without understanding the working
and functions of his machine, man cannot be free,
he cannot govern himself and he will always remain
-- George Gurdjieff
we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within
us, we must learn not to water those seeds and
instead nourish our positive qualities – those
of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the
ability to understand the suffering of both sides.
Thich Nhat Hanh
"The future belongs to those who understand
that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous,
and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even
~ Paul Hawken
mutual knowledge there can be no mutual understanding;
without understanding, there can be no trust and
respect; without trust, there can be no peace, only
the danger of conflict. This means we have to be
willing and able to familiarize ourselves with the
way people of other cultures think and perceive
the world around them, but without losing our own
standpoint in the process."
-- Roman Herzog, President of Germany
"To me, love, spirituality and life are all the
same thing. To me they're all about honoring the
circle, and they're just different ways of defining
the same understanding. Our society as a whole,
because we have placed our love for money above
our love for life, has devalued the sacred and
-- Julia Butterfly
generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding
how that knowledge can benefit the community
is a generation that is not learning what it means to
be citizens in a democracy."
-- Elizabeth L. Hollander (1817-1885)
a culture has a story everyone understands, it
gives direction and meaning to that culture. When
people no longer believe the story, the culture
Earl Hubbard & Barbara
understanding evolution as the expression of universal
intelligence, now becoming conscious of itself
within us, and as us, we overcome the dichotomy
between current evolutionists who see no design
in evolution, and creationists who often propose
and anthropomorphic God as creator.
-- Barbara Marx
We need to accept that we won't always make the
right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes
- understanding that failure is not the opposite
of success, it's part of success.
world community can only exist with world communication,
which means something more than extensive software
facilities scattered about he globe. It means common
understanding, a common tradition, common idea's
and common ideals.”
-- Robert Maynard
hope is for us to come together not only embracing
shared beliefs and values, but acknowledging our
differences in ways that promote respect and appreciation.
To ask for a shared vision is a fair and legitimate
human proposal; what is not fair and legitimate
is to dictate the ways on how we get there. If we
are to emerge from the long shadows that can engulf
us, we must talk with each other, come to understand
each other, and renew ourselves and our perceptions
of each other."
-- Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah
do not want the peace which passeth understanding.
I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
-- Helen Keller
"The American ideal is not that we all agree with
each other, or even like each other, every minute
of the day. It is rather that we will respect each
other's rights, especially the right to be different,
and that, at the end of the day, we will understand
that we are one people, one country, and one community,
and that our well-being is inextricably bound up
with the well-being of each and every one of our
-- C. Everett Koop
read books to find out who we are. What other people,
real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential
guide to our understanding of what we ourselves
are and may become.
- Ursula K. LeGuin
is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's
practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or
-- Joshua Liebman
of us is a being in himself and a being in society,
each of us needs to understand himself and understand
take care of others and be taken care of himself.
-- Haniel Long
cultural strength has always been derived from
our diversity of understanding and experience.
-- Yo-Yo Ma
we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our
understanding of our own lives."
-- Yo-Yo Ma
you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his
language, that goes to his heart.
-- Nelson Mandela
matter how hostile the environment in which we
are working is, we must never cease to insist
that development is about people and not about
objects. That the aim of development must be neither
producerism not consumerism, but the satisfaction
of fundamental human needs, which are not only
needs of humanity, but needs of being as well.
We will never deny that subsistence is a fundamental
human need which must be satisfied through adequate
income, nutrition, housing and work for all. But
we will also insist that protection, affection,
understanding, participation, leisure, creation,
identity and freedom are extremely fundamental
human needs as well.
-- Manfred Max-Neef
leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy
and mutual valuing.
-- Rollo May
think that nonviolence is one way of saying that
there are other ways to solve problems, not only
through weapons and war. Nonviolence also means
the recognition that the person on one side of
the trench and the person on the other side of
the trench are both human beings, with the same
faculties. At some point they have to begin to
understand one another.
-- Rigoberta Menchú
cannot learn freedom and responsibility within
the confines of our own species. We cannot understand
life and death and what they are for in exclusively
human terms. Without that which is wild, the world
becomes a cell block.
~ Stephanie Mills
of the most important phases of maturing is that
of growth from self-centering to an understanding
relationship to others. A person is not mature until
he has both an ability and a willingness to see
himself as one among others and to do unto those
others as he would have them do to him.
-- Harry A. Overstreet
arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains
the greatest enemy of peace.
Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I
do not understand.
Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to
understand the natural world and are gaining a
reverence for life - all life.
~ Roger Tory Peterson
us not speak of tolerance. This negative word implies
grudging concessions by smug consciences. Rather,
let us speak of mutual understanding and mutual
-- Father Dominique
effectively communicate, we must realize that we are
in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding
as a guide to our communication with others.”
-- Anthony Robbins
indigenous peoples understand that they have to
recover their cultural identity, or to live it
if they have already recovered it. They also understand
that this is not a favor or a concession, but
simply their natural right to be recognized as
belonging to a culture that is distinct from the
Western culture, a culture in which they have
to live their own faith.
-- Bishop Samuel
of the criteria for national leadership should
therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging,
and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
-- Carl Sagan
you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should
endeavor to understand him.
-- George Santayana
observe people in conflict is a necessary part of a
It helps him to understand and accept his own occasional
and to realize that differing opinions need not imply
an absence of love."
-- Milton R. Saperstein
know that once you decide to look at life outside
of the narrow limits of just your world and start
to understand that you can make a difference in
very simple ways - in volunteering and all the
way up to bigger world problems." -- Susan
I would hope they would develop some kind of habit
that involves understanding that their life is
so full they can afford to give in all kinds of
ways to other people. I consider that to be baseline
-- Susan Sarandon
kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes
ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust,
and hostility to evaporate. -- Albert
hunger in America is as much a paradox as it is
a tragedy. Why, in the wealthiest country in the
world, should hunger darken the lives and dreams
of 12 million children and their families? I believe
that, when Americans learn the facts and understand
how their involvement can make a difference, banishing
childhood hunger will be a national, local and personal
-- Martin Sheen
this past century, a global interfaith movement
has been growing, helping to raise consciousness
about the need for tolerance and understanding
between different cultures and religions. This
movement has helped highlight the common goals
that most religions share, such as the Golden
Rule, which is at the heart of nearly all religious
traditions. At the same time, many throughout
the world are discovering that 'spirituality'
-- a deep connection to a greater purpose for
humanity -- is an important driving force in their
lives, even if they aren't religious. -- Robert
of the conflicts in our lives and in the world are
caused by misunderstandings. Sometimes we jump to
conclusions about why others do things. Sometimes
we don't understand the cultural differences of
others. Poor communication makes the conflict worse.
Real dialogue can often lead to understanding, helping
communities to get along much better.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
world will become what we envision it to be. And
if we are fearful, and we think we should tense
up and prepare for an ongoing battle, then that's
what we'll have. But if we are open and we prepare
for promoting dialogue and love, and a better
understanding of each other, and tolerance and
so forth, that's what the world will become, a
more tolerant, loving place. So each individual
that stands up is a part of a bigger prayer.
we realize that imperfect understanding is the
human condition there is no shame in being wrong,
only in failing to correct our mistakes.
-- George Soros
see a world in the future in which we understand
that all life is related to us and we treat that
life with great humility and respect."
-- David Suzuki
our innermost Spirit - we nourish the gentleness
and understanding of Peace.
Those around us feel a gentle breeze
whispering as if rustling leaves -
Peace comes not from contemplation-
-- Pauline Tangiora
creature is better alive than dead, men and moose
and pine trees, and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
~ Henry David
understands that in a world of ecological interconnectedness
there is no such things as “away.” We don’t throw
things “away,” we simply put them someplace where
they defile the land, foul the water, pollute
the air or change the earth’s atmosphere.
-- Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
are realities we all share, regardless of our
nationality, language, or individual tastes. As
we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment:
love, kindness, appreciation, and support from
others. We need to understand our environment
and our relationship to it. We need to fulfill
certain inner hungers: the need for happiness,
for peace of mind -- for wisdom."
-- J. Donald Walters
believe in taking down the barriers, but we also
believe in the most energetic reconciliation among
peoples by getting them to know each other, talk
each other's languages, understand each other's
fears and beliefs, getting to know each other
physically, philosophically, and spiritually.
It is much harder to kill your near neighbor than
the thousands of unknown and hostile aliens at
the other end of a nuclear missile. We have to
create a world in which there are no unknown,
hostile aliens at the other end of any missiles.
Williams (The Peace People)
past is a story existing only in our minds. Look,
analyze, understand, and forgive. Then, as quickly
as possible, chuck it.
"The whole purpose of democracy is that we may
hold counsel with one another, so as not to depend
upon the understanding of one man." -- Woodrow
our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give
the majority what they want rather than educate
them to understand what is best for them.