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donderdag 28 augustus 2014

Wijze mannen: Rolando, Albert Schweitzer en m'n Opa

Ik ga voor één keertje even opscheppen over mijn Opa.

Mijn Opa Jaap de Bruin, heeft zijn leven gewijd aan de sociale actie die zo geïntegreerd is in Biodanza. Hij werkte zijn hele leven in de Schilderswijk in Den-Haag. Voor zijn werk kreeg hij in mijn geboortejaar 1964 de Albert Schweitzer prijs. Dat was extra bijzonder omdat mijn Opa enorm geïnspireerd was door Albert Schweitzer net als Rolando Toro.

Als kind las ik spreuken van Schweitzer die mijn Opa in huis had hangen en ook in het Clubhuis en in het buitenverblijf waar vakantiekampen werden georganiseerd in Otterlo hingen ze. 

De teksten van Schweitzer... daar werd ik als het ware in gemarineerd.Mijn moeder werkte voor mijn Opa in het clubhuis en leerde daar mijn vader kennen. Dus je zou kunnen zeggen dat ik ben ontstaan door de passie van mijn Opa en de passie van mijn ouders.

Mini me
Er is een boek over mijn opa geschreven en zijn werk in de schilderswijk. HIER zie je het. En er is ook een plein naar hem vernoemd in Den-Haag: het meester de bruin plein. 

Dit is mijn opa

In de teksten van de opleiding haalt Rolando regelmatig wijsheid aan van Albert Schweitzer. Ze raken mij bijzonder diep. Daarom heb ik er een aantal voor je verzameld. Wie weet raken ze jou ook. Als je ze zo leest zie je hoe Rolando's werk ook is beïnvloed door de inspiratie van Schweitzer. Je hoeft ze niet allemaal te lezen.... kies er een paar uit. En laat je raken....door Rolando, Albert en misschien een beetje door mijn Opa (die trouwens echt niet de gemakkelijkste man was hoor!)

Albert Schweitzer quotes
“In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

 “If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn't it never was”

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

“Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter -- to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.”

“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.”

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”

“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

“The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.”

“A man does not have to be an angel to be a saint.”

“No one can give a definition of the soul. But we know what it feels like. The soul is the sense of something higher than ourselves, something that stirs in us thoughts, hopes, and aspirations which go out to the world of goodness, truth and beauty. The soul is a burning desire to breathe in this world of light and never to lose it--to remain children of light.”

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.”

 “Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.”

 “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.”

 “Seek always to do some good, somewhere... Even if it's a little thing, so something for those that need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.”

 “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. ”

 “True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: 'I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live”

 “The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

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

 “By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.

“No ray of sunshine is ever lost but the green that it awakens takes time to sprout, and it is not always given the sower to see the harvest.”

 “The doctor of the future will be oneself.”

 If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.”

 The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives”.

 Everyone must work to live, but the purpose of life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Only then have we ourselves become true human beings.”

 Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't live in a world all of your own.”

 You must give time to your fellow men -- even if it's a little thing, do something for others -- something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. --”

 Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.”

  It's not enough merely to exist. Every man has to seek in his own way to make his own self more noble and to realize his own true worth.”

 As we acquire knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.”

 “We are gripped by God’s will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God’s love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.”

  “Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.”

 “What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty of inhumanity. The horror of this realization should shakes us out of our lethargy so that we can direct our hopes and our intentions to the coming of an era in which war will have no place.”

 “The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires.”

 “To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”

 “Who shall enumerate the many ways in which that costly piece of fixed capital, a human being , may be employed! More of him is wanted everywhere! Hunt, then, for some situation in which your humanity may be used.”

 “I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in him
already. As a rule there is in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready
like tinder. But much of this tinder catches fire, or catches it
successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from the outside,
from some other person. Often, too, our own light goes out, and is
rekindled by some experience we go through with a fellow man. Thus we
have each of us cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have
lighted the flame within us. If we had before us those who have thus
been a blessing to us, and could tell them how it came about, they would
be amazed to learn what passed over from their life to ours.”

 “As we know life in ourselves we want to understand life in the universe in order to enter into harmony with it.”

 “Whatever you have received more than others in health, in talents, in ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home life, all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of course. You must pay a price for it. You must render in return an unusually great sacrifice of your life for other life.”

 “Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.”

 “The ethics of reverence for life makes no distinction between higher and lower, more precious and less precious lives. It has good reasons for this omission. For what are we doing, when we establish hard and fast gradations in value between living organisms, but judging them in relation to ourselves, by whether they seem to stand closer to us or farther from us. This is a wholly subjective standard. How can we know what importance other living organisms have in themselves and in terms of the universe?”

  “There are only three ways to teach a child. The first is by example, the second is by example, the third is by example.”

 “By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.”

 “The Full Measure of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colors and textures that come alive in others because of him.”

― Albert Schweitzer

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