To speak or not to speak? This is the question.
Justice Louis Brandeis, in his compelling opinion nearly seventy-five years ago in the criminal syndication case of Whitney v. California, in which he articulated the premise of what today is known as the “Doctrine of Counterspeech.” Here is a brief excerpt from his opinion (at the URL below):
“When it came to expression that was perceived by some to be dangerous, threatening, or harmful, Brandeis famously wrote, “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”
Brigham Young University’s 2000 Law Review (archives) titled “Counterspeech 2000: A New Look at the Old Remedy for “Bad” Speech” by Robert D. Richards and Clay Calvert. The article has a lot of interesting points worth considering. Tell us what you think and say what you will, while we all get educated from your speech.
“The virtues which keep this world sweet and the faithfulness which keeps it steadfast are chiefly those of the average man.”
~ W. Russell Bowie
Perhaps the sweetest thing in this world is being true to those you love the most and them loving you in return. The ability to love is within each of us and belongs to everyone. You don’t have to be educated at an Ivy League school, be a churchgoer at a popular church, have perfect parents, or have a large circle of friends to know how to show your affection and appreciation for the people closest to you. The only requirement needed to manifest your love for someone is with words, action, touch — all done with sincere desire. This is something the average person can do any day of the week and at any time of the day. In being average, we give life to everything around us which gives life to the world in which we live. So, it’s OK to be average as long as you love with all your being and do it faithfully. Doing this makes you awesome!
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“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”
~ Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet
When you are at your worst emotionally and physically, you tend to find something that has been hidden deep inside you that you never knew you had — the wherewithal to work your way through the pain you are so burdened by. Like anything that has a luster to it, the process of getting that shine that is so appealing requires many years of wear and tear, and pain and suffering. So, always remember that when you’re experiencing discomfort, agony, sorrow, loneliness, displeasure and turmoil, just realize that you are getting closer to discovering the treasure that lies within you. Once found, the sparkle and awe that people now see in you will bring so much pleasure, strength, hope, and appeal to not only yourself but to those who can see the treasure within you. Have you found the treasure within you yet?
Today is my birthday. All I want for my special day today is to one day be included in the list below of famous Pisceans (people born under the Pisces astrological star) before I leave this world. To be in this list of famous and inspiring individuals would be both an honor and a dream come true. Ironically, many of these people are my favorites in their respective fields. Ex: Steve Jobs and Michael Dell (entrepreneurs), Albert Einstein and Joseph Pulitzer (visionaries), George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Elton John (musicians), Michaelangelo (artists), George Washington and Constantine the Great (leaders/statesmen), Arthur Schopenhauer and Longfellow (writers/philosophers), Tony Robbins (speakers), Ansel Adams (photographers), Shaquille O’Neal and Mario Andretti (sports), and most all the actors listed below are among my favorites. I urge you to you look up what famous people were born under your astrological star sign and see if it inspires you. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, it’s quite interesting to see what other great people throughout history share your astrological sign.
PISCES IN POLITICS / WORLD LEADERS / SOCIETY FIGURES
Chelsea Clinton *
John F. Dulles
Czar Alexander III
Constantine the Great
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardinal Roger Mahoney *
Josh Groban *
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sir Elton John
Nat “King” Cole
Jon Bon Jovi
PISCES ACTORS / WRITERS / DIRECTORS/TV PERSONALITIES
Robert Downey Jr.
Fred (Mr.) Rogers
Joan Bennet *
Joanne Woodward *
Benicio Del Toro
Buffalo Bill Cody
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Elizabeth Taylor *
William Demarest *
Freddie Prinze Jr.
William H. Macy
PISCES INNOVATORS & VISIONARIES
Alexander Graham Bell
PISCES PHILOSOPHERS, POETS, PLAYRIGHTS & WRITERS
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
Irwin Shaw *
Elizabeth B. Browning
Oliver Wendell Holmes
PISCES SPORTS FIGURES
Gene Sarazen *
James Worthy *
Raymond Berry *
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Dr. Julius Irving
* denotes those born on 2/27 which is my birth date.
“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”
~ Margaret Drabble (1939-) English Novelist
Not sure what you want in life or how to get it? Having a clean slate with regard to what is possible or not is the first step in finding what you want. Another very important element to getting what you want in life is a positive attitude that gives you the momentum each day to persistently progress. To do this, you need to treat everyday as if it is a party and you’re celebrating all the opportunities you have in life. Since everyday your alive is a gift for yourself and others, be sure and invite your friends and loved ones to your party everyday and celebrate life. Remember that it’s OK to get drunk on life and love because the hangover is healthy and heals whatever ails you. Party on!
Having a Ball
Special thanks to Tim Coffey for letting me use his illustration in this post. You can view his blog at: http://timcoffeyart.wordpress.com
“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.”
~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer
In nature we see a plethora of beauty – plants with colorful flowers; magnificent trees; green pastures; desert cactus; and whispering willows. Yet, we don’t really give much thought to how they actually got there as much as we do enjoying their infinite exquisiteness and allure. Can you think of anything you can do to better the world around you? How about enriching someone’s life with your kindness, generosity, and time. Maybe you are inspiring people with your artistic talents by painting the world around you with your colorful words and/or vivid images. In your life, you must do your best to initiate the same effect as nature’s beauty has on us so that others can enjoy the fruits of your secret nourishment. Are you making the world a better place to live in through your silent work?
“To be WRONGED is nothing unless you continue… to REMEMBER it”
We’ve all been wronged before to some extent. No matter how badly you’ve been hurt by someone, there is only one real method of erasing it from your life – forgetting about it. If you allow it to fester in your mind and eat away at the part of you that is strong and good, then you will become diseased by it and it will erode away at your soul. If something is bothering you about what somebody did or said to you and it is somehow destroying your life, then stop thinking about it. If whatever they did to you hasn’t hurt you physically, then don’t let that action get the better of you. If you want to move forward with your life and grow bolder from the experience, then forgive them and you’ll be able to go about your life all the wiser and emotionally stronger. Now that’s something you never want to forget.