World Transformation: Reverence
 Reverence
picture 12 Jun 2004 @ 18:44, by ming


Those who realize harm can be done to others by any use of force against them, and the worthlessness of the goods that can be acquired by force, will be very full of respect for the liberty of others; they will not try to bind them or fetter them; they will be slow to judge and swift to sympathize; they will treat every human being with a kind of tenderness, because the principle of good in him is at once fragile and infinitely precious.

They will not condemn those who are unlike themselves; they will know and feel that individuality brings differences and uniformity means death.

They will wish each human being to be as much a living thing and as little a mechanical product as it is possible to be; they will cherish in each one just those things which the harsh usage of a ruthless world would destroy.

In one word, all their dealings with others will be inspired by a deep impulse of reverence.


- Bertrand Russell, Political Ideals (1917)



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