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Words That Matter
Transcript of Words That Matter
Hilary Swank I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe that all great inventions or ideas begin because somebody dared to dream--to think in an original way. (LS) "Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter."
I know that the most important thing in the world is taking care of the people in my life and cherishing those relationships. Life is worth living because we have people who we love and care about. (LS) Antoine De Saint-Exupery Antoine De Saint-Exupery was a French pilot during WWII. Strangely enough, he was also a writer and wrote his most famous book, The Little Prince, in 1943. In 1944 he died in an airplane crash--supposedly shot out of the sky by a German pilot who happened to love Exupery's writing. "Happiness is produced not so much
by great pieces of good fortune that
seldom happen, as by little advantages
that occur every day." Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin is
considered to be one of
the "Founding Fathers."
He was a statesman, an
intentor, a publisher, and
wrote a book called "Poor
Richard's Almanac." Many
of his famous proverbs
were originally published
in the almanac.
Words That Matter in My Life "THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)
Neimoller was a pastor in Germany during the Holocaust. He first said these lines in 1946 in a speech to fellow church members. He was confessing to the fact that he and other clergymen and intellectuals failed to stand up to Hitler. He was interested in exploring the idea that human beings could so easily stand by apathetically and let the government or those in power slowly strip away the individual rights of the people.
This quote speaks to me because I believe that as human beings we have a severe flaw—we tend to be apathetic and forget all too easily about the lessons from the past. “We” also make decisions that tend to be self-serving, especially in our modern American society. Part of what makes us Americans is that we believe in freedom—our Constitution is a model for all of humanity, however, it doesn’t always seem real to us. Most of us have never had to sacrifice or truly suffer and in that way we take our freedoms and our Constitution for granted. During Hitler’s reign, human rights issues disintegrated slowly as people stood by and watched. The mentality was that if it’s not happening to me it doesn’t matter. It reminds me to always fight apathy!