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Teachers who inspired me, expanded

Over the last two weeks I have listed several world figures who have influenced my life. The criteria I choose was that they had to be alive when I was able to understand the lesson. I didn’t include historical figures. Male and female, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, scientist, philosopher  statesman, freedom fighter, environmentalist, radical, are but some of the words that could be applied to them. Rather than explain why each one is on the list, I will give you a quote from each. So to speak, I’ll let their words explain why they influenced me. Although I only list one quote per teacher, they are all knowledgeable, articulate speakers, with much more to say than can be summed up in a single quote.

“Every one of us can do something to protect and care for our planet. We will have to live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and our grandchildren. Our own life has to be the message.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”
Albert Einstein

“The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.”
David Suzuki
“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.”
Billy Graham
“In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
“We have more than enough programs, organisations, parties, and strategies in the world for the alleviation of suffering and injustice.
Radical transformation of society requires personal and spiritual change first or at least simultaneously.
People seeking to live spiritually must be concerned with their social and physical environment.”
Sulak Sivaraska
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
Mother Teresa
“As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.”
H.H. 14th Dalai Lama
May the words of your teachers lead others towards peace and happiness.
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