Quotes That I Have that Gathered – H

Happiness

A happy person is aware of personal limitations, failures, and mistakes, which he or she accepts as learning experiences and stepping stones to further progress. . . . The happy person is able to accept and handle his or her feelings, including pleasure, joy, anger, guilt, anxiety and pain, which the person does not suppress but shares with a loved one. The happy person is able to express anger and other negative feelings calmly and constructively, without destroying another person’s self‑esteem and without destroying his or her relationship with the other. . . . The happy person is able to accept and adapt to change. . . . The happy person is responsible for his or her own life, its direction, and the decisions he or she makes from day to day.

Philomena Agudo, Affirming the Human and the Holy

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and hell are within us, and all the gods are within us.

Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Adventure

Holy, and the Human

The individual who is able to recognize and appreciate the holy in himself or herself transcends human limitations and comes in contact with God. Hope The rabbinical literature gave warning again and again against trying to “force the messiah.” The attitude required is neither on of rash impatience nor of passive waiting; it is one of dynamic hope. This hope is, indeed paradoxical.

Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

For the person of faith, defeat is no proof invalidating his faith, while victory will always be looked upon with suspicion, since it might turn out to be the mask for defeat. This concept of paradoxical hope has been expressed in a short statement in the Mishnah: “It is not up to you to finish the task, but you have also no right to withdraw from it.” (R. Tarfon in Piekei Avot II, 21).

Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

Process theology suggests that the power of hope against despair is not paradoxical at all, but rests with the nature of God as the power for justice. god is the source of the vision and of the reality; there is a locus for justice in the nature of God. The effect of God upon us is the transmission of vision, along with the conviction of its worth and attainability. God is the source of hope. This is the significance of the doctrine of divine omnipotence for us. Marjorie Suchocki, God, Christ, Church Hope is catalytic, and ultimately is the most important ingredient in the struggle for justice, insuring the perseverance that brings justice about. Marjorie Suchocki, God, Christ, Church If God is for us, who can be against us. And so we address the evils of our existence in the hope that they can be overcome.

Marjorie Suchocki, God, Christ, Church

Human life

In writing to Abbe Breuil in 1923, Teilhard noted his impressions that the “human world ‑ to speak only of that ‑ is an immense and disparate thing, just about as coherent, at the moment, as the surface of a choppy sea. . . . I still believe, for reasons colored by mysticism and metaphysics, that this incoherence is only preparatory to a unification.”

Nicolas Corte, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: His Life and Spirit

The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and politics. We have reached the point of regarding each other only as members of a people either allied with us or against us and our approach: prejudice, sympathy, or antipathy are all conditioned by that. Now we must rediscover the fact that we ‑ all together ‑ are human beings, and that we must strive toconcede to each other what moral capacity we have.

Albert Schweitzer

Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. Fromthis knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.

Albert Schweitzer

Because I have confidence in the power of Truth and of the spirit, I believe in the future of mankind.

Albert Schweitzer

Human life, authentic

Being human means being in the face of meaning to fulfill and values to realize. It means living in the polar field of tension established between reality and ideals to materialize. Man lives by ideals and values. Human existence is not authentic unless it is lived in terms of self‑transcendence.

Philomena Agudo, Affirming the Human and the Holy quoting Viktor Frankl.

Humanism

Humanism defined: Coming from the Latin, humanus, humanism places the highest value upon the human person and gives primary importance to man, his potentialities and well‑being within the temporal sphere of his existence. Humanists affirm with Protagoras (440 B.C.) that “Man is the measure of all things, of things that are, that they are; of things that are not, that they are not. ‑ With regard to the gods I know not whether they exist or not, or what they are like. Many things prevent our knowing; the subject is obscure and brief is the span of our mortal life.”

J. Wesley Robb, The Reverent Skeptic

There are many expressions of humanism:

–          scientific humanism: Julian Huxley and Max Ott

–          ‑philosophical humanism: Paul Kurty and Carliss Lamont

–          ‑existential humanism: Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre

–          ‑self‑realization humanism: Erich Fromm and Abraham Maslow ‑Marxian humanism: Herbert Marcuse

–          ‑experimental humanism: W.T. Stace

All of the above have at least two things in common:

1. concern for human good, individually and collectively

2. belief that man must resolve his problems alone: man and nature is all there is

J. Wesley Robb, The Reverent Skeptic

Leading humanists have the following to say of “secular” or “natural.”

“There is no entelechy, no built‑in pattern of perfection. Man is his own rule and his own end.” (H.J. Blackham)

“A philosophy founded on the agreement that “man is the measure of all things” can have no room for belief in the intervention of non‑material postulates.” (Miriam Allen de Ford)

“I myself hold that we have increasing knowledge of our world, and that there is no need to postulate a realm beyond it.” (Ray Wood Sellars)

“Humanism believes that the nature of the universe makes up the totality of existence and is completely self‑operating according to natural law, with no need for a God or gods to keep it functioning.” (Carliss Lamont)

“Humanists accept the fact that God is dead; that we have no way of knowing that this is a meaningful question.” (Paul Kurtz)

J. Wesley Robb, The Reverent Skeptic

Compare “Secularism”

Humanism, Radical Humanism

By radical humanism I refer to a global philosophy which emphasizes the oneness of the human race, the capacity of man to develop his own powers and to arrive at inner harmony and at the establishment of a peaceful world.

Erich Fromm, You Shall Be as Gods

“Good” for the humanistic conscience is all that furthers life; “evil” is all that arrests and strangles it. The humanistic conscience is the voice of our self which summons us back to ourselves, to become what we potentially are.

Erich Fromm, You Shall Be as Gods

What from a mundane standpoint was the tragedy of the Jews ‑ the loss of their country and their state ‑ from the humanist standpoint was their greatest blessing: being among the suffering and despised, they were able to develop and uphold a tradition of humanism.

Erich Fromm, You Shall Be as Gods

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