The Wisdoms Project

Live and Let Live

For the life of me, I can’t understand why so many people want to control the lives of others….or are so upset that the other person doesn’t look or talk like them….or wants everyone to think as they do.  Oh, I know we blame prejudice, bigotry, bulliness, poverty, low education, lack of employment, bad upbringing, low self-esteem, etc….but as Rodney King said after he was lying face down and being beaten by three guys with night sticks….“Why can’t we all just get along?”

        How does someone else eating a certain diet, or following a certain philosophy, or wanting to love and marry someone outside their race or religion or within their gender, or praying on one day or another, or having an abortion or not, or liking to be a ditch digger or a doctor, etc, etc, actually affect your life?

      Save your indignation, your protests, your threats for the time when the other person’s actions specifically, personally, actually and directly affect your actions or your ability to act as you want to.  You’ll be waiting a long time because that other person doesn’t care how you live as long as you leave them alone.

The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you.  They are unique manifestations of the human spirit.
Wade Davis

The essence of democracy is finding and maintaining that perfect,
delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.”
Marilyn vos Savant


Can any of you seriously say that the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today?  It wouldn’t even get out of committee!
F. Lee Bailey

If you are patient in one moment of anger,
                                            you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
Chinese Proverb

The free thinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
Matthew Arnold

It is the prohibition of something that makes anything precious.
Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.
                                                                   Mark Twain

A free society is a society….where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Stevenson

Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.
                                                        Judy Blume

The right to swing my fist ends where the other person’s nose begins.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The world is so full of possibilities that dogmatism is simply indecent.
Albert Einstein

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty Gods
or no God.  It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson

Do Justice.  Learn from the world community.  
Cherish the natural order.  Nurture people.
Non-conform freely.

 I Am What I Am

                                            Lyrics and music by Jerry Herman.
                          (From the musical “La Cage aux Folles”)
Sung by Shirley Bassey.

It’s my world….
    that I want to have a little pride in.
My world….and not a place I have to hide in.
Life’s not worth a damn….‘til I can say….I am what I am.

     It’s one life and there’s no return, no deposit.
                   One life….so it’s time to open up your closet.
                                   Life’s not worth a damn….
                                                    ‘til you can shout out….I am what I am.

I am good….I am strong.
              I am worthy….I belong.
                      I am useful….I am true.
                              I am somebody….as good as you.
                                                                          Yes, I am.