Thought for the Day November 19, 2014: Being the Same Yet Different

Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham

Albert Einstien

Albert Einstien

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein (thanks to

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions. Paulo Coelho (thanks to

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. Albert Einstein (thanks to

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. W. Somerset Maugham (thanks to

Same same 2We Homo sapiens are basically the same. We have about the same capabilities and we think about the same. We have that primeval brainstem that says, “You are a crocodile!” This we have overcome to some extent, yet in my 82 years on this planet we have been at war about two thirds of the time. That is a sameness that we need to overcome.

Although we are the same, we are individuals. Some of us are extremely creative. Some few have changed the way we live and they have changed our future too.

Over time, we see changes in ourselves, and those we love and those we don’t love. Change is what makes life interesting. It some of us have to live in a sameness that is life sucking and difficult. It’s not always our own faults. Change is not always possible. But deep within us, in our mentality, change is always there even if we don’t think so. Sometimes we have to dig a little bit deeper to see what is going around us and how we are changing ourselves.

Our objective in life should always be to change for the better and to help others do the same.


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