"Our job this day is to become part of the answer
to the world's immense and protracted suffering
rather than continuing our ancient task
of being part of the difficulty."
Hugh Prather
(1938-2010) Author, minister, and counselor
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Fabulous – we should have this pinned on every door in Washington DC
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    The job to answering the world's problems is even worse now that our country is the prime contributor to them. Amen to Prather.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    God save us from the preacher! If you want to take the first step in alleviating misery, stop expecting other people to do it for you.
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
    Not! What a shallow, simplistic view....Dick. If the US is the source of the world's problems, why do we have to fight to keep them out? "Our Country" includes YOU. People who see the benefit of freedome and free enterprise and yet still insist on socialism and paternalism will remain mired in misery-....we are not exporting that...are we? Churchhill said it best: Capitalism's problem is the unequal distribution of wealty, while socialism's virtue is the equal distribution of misery.
     -- Mike, Houston     
    Gracious sakes, Mike from Houston and Bob from Eugene. Do you guys even know who Hugh Prather IS? Do you know what he stands for? What he teaches? Bob, Hugh always focuses on individual responsibility and Mike, did you really think he was talking about the surface vision of a no-win argument about how mankind denies their unconscious fears? I didn't feel like letting your ) and 2 star unconscious twists on the truth override Hugh's depth-oriented wisdom. Perhaps you should do some reading before you judge a statement you don't understand... but then how could you understand it from a state of unawareness? Peace, brothers.
     -- Shaleia, Portland, ME     
    we should have this pinned or not pinned...however, it would be nice if our hearts were dipped in love, the outcome would be nicer
     -- allen, encino     
    It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Hugh Prather a few weeks ago. He was one of our greatest teachers and His Notes to Myself was the first book I ever bought as a teenager. I am really sorry to hear about it as there are so few teachers around. We will all really miss him. Your time came too soon. Thank you.
     -- Nancy, Yellowknife     
     -- Dori, Inland Empire, CA      
    That quote hits me right in my heart, especially just the concept of being aware of "the world's immense and protracted suffering". It's like, it really shouldn't be this way and certainly doesn't need to be.
     -- Tom, Tarzana     
    The underlying principle deserves 10 stars+. Immense and protracted suffering includes of course lack of food, clothes, etc while the primary cause is socialism.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike , well said.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    You are either part of the problem or part of the solution...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    There has always been a need, to look closely at one's self. But now, even fence sitters, are touched in their hearts, that that good conscience, ever bearing witness to the soul, ( heart, seat of emotion) shines the light of the Spirit of Liberty and Truth. Truth, Love, Courage. " For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. " Let us all be a part of the solution !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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