okay folks! this column is going to be more regular from now on...i am going to choose a quote each week, and talk about it. i
am just gonna open a book to a page, and do that quote...so keep that in mind if some seem a bit silly! if anyone has any nifty
quotes, let me know. i have like 8000 books of them, but i know there are many more out there!! let the games begin! *s*
"Be as nice to the janitor as you are to the chairman of the board." -taken from Life's Little Instruction Book, volume II
this is one that i feel is very important. and it seems to be an evergrowing problem in today's society. and it's not about a janitor and the head chairman...it's about everyday classifications placed upon the human race...by other members whom have no right, and little justification...and if they think they do, it never makes sense. classifications due to race, religion, culture, wealth, social status, profession...whatever it may be. and people have this idea in their heads that it is right to put people above others simply because of one aspect of their being. we are all equal...some just choose to take that "equality" to perhaps a "higher" level by making a name of themselves for all to see...somehow thinking this makes them better? well, if they think so...
i now move to a famous quote from john donne...i had ot memorize this in 9th grade...it was at the beginning of For Whom The Bell Tolls... "No man is an island. entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." (from meditation 17)
this quote (well, excerpt) tells a lot. it shows that we are all in this together...no one is better than anyone else when it comes down to it. some people may be smarter...but that's just because they use their brain in a different way...it's not that they are better...um, now i am starting to ramble! oh, and at the end of the quote...if you aren't familiar...back when donne was around, the church bell would be rung whenever someone died. he is making his point of equality even more important, saying that when the bell tolls, don't ask for whom it is ringing...because it is ringing for you...everyone is a part of mankind, and when one aspect dies, a small part of everyone goes right along with it.
this subject is very important to me...because i truly hate to see this type of behavior...i see it at school a lot. i'm sure a lot of people do. and it's something that will probably be around for a while...it has been since the beginning of time. but you can do something about it... just don't classify others...as long as you do something to help, it's all we can ask! and yeah...tomorrow in school or at work...say high to the janitor...kiss his ass for a change *s*