My favorite excerpts from President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech:
“I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations — that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.
Agreements among nations. Strong institutions. Support for human rights. Investments in development. All of these are vital ingredients in bringing about the evolution that President Kennedy spoke about. And yet, I do not believe that we will have the will, or the staying power, to complete this work without something more — and that is the continued expansion of our moral imagination, an insistence that there is something irreducible that we all share.
…for the one rule that lies at the heart of every major religion is that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Adhering to this law of love has always been the core struggle of human nature. We are fallible. We make mistakes, and fall victim to the temptations of pride, and power, and sometimes evil. Even those of us with the best intentions will at times fail to right the wrongs before us.
But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The nonviolence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached — their faith in human progress — must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.
For if we lose that faith — if we dismiss it as silly or naive, if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace — then we lose what is best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.”
[text via the associated press]
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A little Monday morning eye candy.
Mid November edition.
1. phone booth latin quarter, 2. DSC04391, 3. July 24 Hedgehog – 1, 4. 11.07.09 – montréal, QC, 5. our little friend, 6. America runs on dunkin donuts, 7. 308:365, 8. 301:365, 9. 300:365, 10. dan + shana, 11. iPhone Art Project – Those Fallen, 12. 10.24.09 – october – cambridge, ma, 13. Katz’s, 14. MUSIC OF THE NIGHT….., 15. Oklahoma. Distressed Women, 16. Untitled, 17. secret message of the day, 18. SN850241, 19. 10.13.09 – this fall – montréal, QC, 20. campy horror living room, 21. the north sartorialist, 22. The end of Summer, 23. Catch Me While You Can, 24. 85keh Goodness, 25. bm #22
Early November edition, aka, the adorable dog edition?
1. 10.09.09 – in the orange – cambridge, ma, 2. 10.06.09 – hanging on – berkeley, ca, 3. 09/29/2009, 4. 289:365, 5. HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU…., 6. Rolleiflex 2.8D with Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 (11.2008), 7. Right Here Waiting, 8. empowering, 9. Untitled, 10. Untitled, 11. Untitled, 12. Future star, 13. Ears up for the boys!!, 14. Happy 3rd Birthday Chloe & Dexter!, 15. diesel power, 16. 10.05.09 – be human – montréal, QC, 17. parturi päivä, 18. for Ravelry, big red scarf, 19. 09.28.09 – waiting for the light – montréal, QC, 20. 09/02/2009, 21. ☺☺☺☺☺, 22. home on the range, 23. 269:365, 24. cold electric feeling, 25. touch of genius