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The Law

  1. Human beings, as human, supersede the sum of their parts. They cannot be reduced to components.
  2. Human beings have their existence in a uniquely human context, as well as in a cosmic ecology.
  3. Human beings are aware and are aware of being aware - i.e., they are conscious. Human consciousness always includes an awareness of oneself in the context of other people.
  4. Human beings have some choice and, with that, responsibility.
  5. Human beings are intentional, aim at goals, are aware that they cause future events, and seek meaning, value, and creativity.

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet 

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I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’

Toni Morrison

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The mysteries of the natural world, from human psychology to the farthest star, never cease to fascinate.
Wonder is that feeling felt in the presence of natural beauty- beauty which is all the more astounding for having been self-created, free of purpose.

B.T. Newberg in Year One: A Year of Humanistic Paganism

As we are a doomed race, chained to a sinking ship…let us at any rate do our part to mitigate the sufferings of our fellow prisoners, decorate the dungeons with flowers…be as decent as we possibly can.

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway