Monday, November 9, 2015

The concept of freedom

There is a lot of confusion about the concept of
Freedom. It exists amongst older folk as well as the
In the name of freedom there are men and women
who are casual about faithfulness in marriage, there are
children who totally ignore their parents, and the gutter
press prints blatant lies. In the name of freedom people
can do their own thing and turn their backs when
someone needs help. People continue to live to suit
their feelings, their likes, their whims. This is the
freedom that is respected, even worshipped by the selfish. This freedom leads dead-straight towards the
jungle, to the tyranny of the strongest, the most wily,
the most brutal.
Freedom is only meaningful, valuable and joyful in a
climate of love. Because it so happens, that in this
world, what matters most is not freedom, but love.
A person who loves, forgets himself and gives others
power over him, gives a slice of his freedom to others.
Love sets a person free for the beautiful, the good, the
true and for the deep joys of life.

Friday, October 23, 2015

A beautiful gift

The most important thing I must give,
but the most difficult, is forgiveness.
Forgiveness. Yes, that is it.
I must forgive,always, again and again. Forgive.
As soon as I stop forgiving, I build a wall.
And a wall is the beginning of a prison.
Above all in life I’ve got to do two things
-understand and forget.
 I know many people
and I know the secrets of many people.
And I know only too well
that no two people are the same.
Each person is an entire world in himself
And he lives and feels and thinks and responds
from his own world.
And the deepest core of that world
is still unknown to me.
Therefore it seems obvious that,
in  the normal course of events,
disagreements, frictions and tensions will develop.
Only when a person understands
that other people are different,
and only when he is ready to forgive,
is it possible to live together.
Otherwise there is a state of mutual siege
And you live in a  day-in, day-out,
cold or hot war.
There are so many exceptionally good opportunities
for us to make peace,
or to make up quarrels.

We so often get a chance to give a small present,
to send a postcard inviting someone around
as a sign of reconciliation, of forgiveness.
Once the first step, the most difficult step, is taken,
the rest is easy.
Forgiveness. The most beautiful gift.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

 Living together day after day

People find it very difficult
to go on  loving each other.
This is true for married couples.
After starting with an avalanche
of declaration of a love so deep
that you would gladly die for each other,
there comes the down-to-earth realization
that, after all, you are not

in the mood for dying for each other every day!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Love and friendship

I always ask myself why people can’t stay in love.

Why is loving so difficult for people who live together, day after day?

I am convinced that we often believe our own pretence.

We think that we love someone else.

But, in  fact, we only love ourselves; we love ‘me’.

Each one expects too much of the other.

It is the other person who must be pleasant.The other person must build me up, must help me out,

Must never be grumpy, must never nag.

At the slightest failing, I feel hurt.

We think too little, may be never, about what we ourselves can give 

or can do for our partner.

Don’t blurt out without thinking,‘you don’t love me any more’.

No, not before you yourself have given everything.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The statue of Liberty

The statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom , marking the arrival of millions of immigrants  to the United States.  It was designed by the French sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi.  France gave it to the United States  as gift in memory of the centennial  of the U.S. independence  from England.  The statue  symbolizes liberty in the form of a woman wearing flowing robes  and a spiked crown.  She is holding a torch in her right hand.  In her left hand  , she is  carrying a book with the date July 4, 1776 inscribed on it.  There are broken chains of tyranny  at her feel .  The statue is located on  an island in New York City harbor.

The statue of Liberty is one of the largest statue in the world.  It rises 93.5m. (306ft. 8 in.) from the bottom of the pedestal to the tip of the torch .  The figure alone is 46.4 m . (152ft. 2 in.)  high.  The right arm is 12.8m . (42 ft) long; the hand is 5.03 m. (16 ft.5 in) long; and the head measures  8.5 m.(28 ft) from neck to diadem  and  3.05 m.(10 ft) from ear to ear.  The  statue weighs 254 metric tons.  Following are the last verses of a poem inscribed  at the main entrance  to the pedestal:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these , the homeless , tempest- tost to me ,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

(by Emma Lazarus)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The U.S. Flag  and the Pledge of Allegiance

Every country has a flag.  When the thirteen colonies declared their independence ,  they needed a new flag.  It is believed that  George Washington designed the flag and asked a friend, Mrs. Betsy Ross, to make it for him.  

This flag has three colors: red(for courage), white(for truth), and blue(for justice).  There were thirteen stars in a circle on  a blue field and thirteen red  and white stripes.  

The number of stars and the stripes  stood for the number states of beginning  of the United States.  Today the United States have the same flag , but there are fifty stars for the fifty states.

  The thirteen stripes still stand for  the first  thirteen states.  The flag stands not only for a country (The United States of America),  but also for the people , the land , and the government – a republic.  A republic is a government elected by the people.

People show their respect for the flag and for the United States when they say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag:

I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the  United states of America
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation , under god, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.