Tag Archives: humanity

Stereotypes | Labels condemn us to limited perception. See past your bias. | HartHaiku.com

Stereotypes | View beyond

Stereotypes propagate a full spectrum of negative, divisive and destructive effects. We know the usual ones, based on race, color, gender, economics, political affiliation, etc. The list is long and goes on.

It is a challenge for each of us, every day, to see past and overcome the stereotypes we carry within us. Otherwise, how will we ever bridge to a world based on tolerance and understanding?

Inspirational Quotes:

“….. it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.”  ~ Malcolm Gladwell

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Once you label me you negate me.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

“A stereotype becomes a stereotype when a significant percentage of the population appears to conform to it.” ~ Kelley Armstrong

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Unlock the Door | Hate sentences us to a cold locked down prison. Love forges the key. | HartHaiku.com

Unlock the Door | Hate & Love

What could I ever say about hate and love that would rival the words of one of the greatest visionaries for humanity, Martin Luther King Jr.? The below quotes are reminders from this great man. And make no mistake, this post is not meant to be simply a commentary about rascism. It is broader than that.

We all grapple with the dark nights of our own souls. Hate has the potential to rear its ugly head in various situations, small to big. And, each of us holds the key to overcome the world’s hate. It is not in “someone else’s hands”. Unless we overcome our own darkness, the world will not be survive its darkness.

Inspirational Martin Luther King quotes:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.”

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Illuminate | Light has a way of invading every crack. Dark cannot escape. | HartHaiku.com

Illuminate | Light the world

The battle between the dark and the light: It’s classic. Some of the greatest stories and movies are based on it. There has always been darkness and light in our world, and in fact both sides exist within ourselves. If it didn’t, our souls would have moved on to “bigger and better” things.

Is it my imagination though, that things are feeling just a tad weighted to the dark side at the moment? When I feel discouraged about it, I take solace in this: In every cycle of this classic battle throughout the ages, when a crisis of the dark occurs, humanity digs down deep to find the best parts of itself. Dark collapses and light emerges.

So, let’s keep on keeping on. Every candle makes a difference. That would be you and I, and every other person on the side of the light.

Be light.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” ~ St. Francis Of Assisi

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing — light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.” ~ Jodi Picoult

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It's Time | Once the door opens, our minds will explore through it. Time for a new dream. | HartHaiku.com

It’s Time | Your world vision

We are programmed in society to believe in duality, that the solutions to problems, the rightness, the truth, must lie within either an A or a B. Two choices, that’s it. They are usually extreme opposites, such as in gender, politics, race, etc. And they are too often pitted against each other.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. And yet we keep hoping to find the answers within the same two A and B extremes.

Let your mind go free. How about a C? Or better yet, a C, D, E, etc – brand new ideas and perspectives outside of A and B. Or at the very least, a new middle ground, a place of cooperation between A and B.

Albert Einstein also said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Inspirational Quotes:

“Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there.” ~ Rumi

“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

“Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.” ~ J.D. Salinger

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You Create | “Reality” is a construct of your thinking. Careful what you build. | HartHaiku.com

You Create | Thought power

What will you create with your mind today? Your dreams and aspirations, or your worries and fears? More at my related Hart Quill post:

Dreams or fears? Our minds create it all.

Inspirational Quotes:

“But here’s what physicists tell us. Things, in the quantum world, do not happen in steps. They happen immediately.” ~ Pam Grout, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

“I say “Out” to every negative thought that comes to my mind. No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind. I create my own reality and everyone in it.” ~ Louise Hay

“Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” ~ Peter McWilliams

“Instead of letting our emotions run amok, we can use our minds as tools to build or create realities that serve us better” ~ Jay Woodman

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Artists | Artists keep us sane, bestowing grace and beauty upon a mad world. | HartHaiku.com

Artists | Your soul food

In this modern technological world, some might say that art is pretty useless. After all [they might ask], in a society that prays to the almighty dollar, what true value does it really have?

My reply to them is, “Plenty”. Why did the fire that destroyed part of Notre Dame trigger an outpouring of worldwide sorrow? It was not just about religion or sacredness. Artists and their work touch our souls, in ways that many may not readily see or accept. They raise our lives up above the mundane.

Art speaks to our souls

Some artists paint simple pretty pictures; others create at the level of grand vision and spectacular works of art that the whole world embraces. And, is one any more important than the other? If the little painting rendered by a child touches your heart, it is magnificent in its way as any famous masterpiece that may do the same.

Artists and art are about heart and soul. So I would argue, in this modern but ofttimes cold technological world, we need them now more than ever.

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