A good diplomat will always try to put himself in the position of the person with whom he is negotiating, to understand his objectives and needs, and try to imagine what he would wish, do, and say, under those circumstances.
— Satow’s Diplomatic Practice
God is just; of this I am sure, it is a consequence of his goodness; man’s injustice is not God’s work, but his own; that moral injustice which seems to the philosophers a presumption against Providence, is to me a proof of its existence. But man’s justice consists in giving to each his due; God’s justice consists in demanding from each of us an account of that which he has given us.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile
One of the main purposes of university education is to escape from the Zeitgeist, from the mean, narrow, provincial spirit which is constantly assuring us that we are at the peak of human achievement, that we stand on the edge of unprecedented prosperity or unparalleled catastrophe…It is a liberation of the spirit to acquire perspective…to learn that the same moral predicaments and the same ideas have been explored before.
— Martin Wight
Today, Pope Francis said that the only acceptable kind of fanaticism is that of “charity.”
“Any other type of fanaticism does not come from God, and is not pleasing to him,” Pope Francis stated. “True faith is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane … it makes us see the other not as an enemy to be overcome but a brother or sister to be loved, served and helped.”