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I realize some folks will find this first quote an interesting, if bizarre, quote for a Jewitch to post. But I say to you, wisdom comes in all forms. And once in awhile the Christ of the Christians looks a lot like the Messiach of the Jews. And moreover, I have no official opinions of the spiritual nature of goats, though I admit I've known and adored a few two-footed ones in my day.

Matthew 25: 31-46. "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, "Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?" And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." Then he will say to those at his left hand, "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me." Then they also will answer, "Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?" Then he will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me." And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Judaism has a shorter version (of course) in the Talmud:

"Whoever saves a single life, it is as if he had saved the whole world."

The Buddha has a few things to say, too:

"Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world. If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever who would tend me, he should tend the sick. Consider others as yourself."

Any other similar quotes folks would like to offer, please add below.

Date: 2009-08-23 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great indeed is the power acquired through austerity to endure hunger. But greater still is the power of those who relieve the hunger of others.
~Tirukkural 23:225

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

“One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.”
~Hannah Moore

“O seeker, know the true nature of your soul, and identify yourself with it completely./ O Lord, (may we attain) the everlasting consciousness of Supreme Light and Joy./May we resolve to dedicate our life to the service of humankind,/And uplift them to Divinity.”
~Yajur Veda

Date: 2009-08-23 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No quotes to add . . . but it's a MAJOR reason I don't get why there isn't a lot more support from the Christian right for healthcare reform. When I hear them say things like "I have mine, go get your own" I just want to scream!

Date: 2009-08-23 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Alas, I have no quotes to add, either. But I do think that your long quote was rather hard on goats. The thing about goats is that even at this point, we have never been able to breed their intelligence out of them. They are smart and have a sense of humor. Now that I have risen to the defense of these animals, I will try to come up with an appropriate quote or two.


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