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18 May 2015

When searching for the source of last week’s quotation, I came across this from the theologian and ethicist, Reinhold Niebuhr:

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible;
but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

Reinhold Niebuhr
(From ‘The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness’ 1944)

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11 May 2015

A well-known prayer which expresses a wise attitude to life whatever your faith or world-view:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr
(1892-1771, American theologian and ethicist)

The origin of this is in doubt as similar sentiments have been expressed by a number of earlier authors.

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4 May 2015

A final quotation from the letter from the Church of England bishops concerning the forthcoming election – this time about the environment:

We need an honest account of how we must live in the future if generations yet to come are not to inherit a denuded and exhausted planet.

“Who is my neighbour?” paragraph 27
(www.churchofengland.org/GeneralElection2015)

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