A Couple of Quotes.

# 1

“It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.”

Anatole France

# 2

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

Herman Melville

Any thoughts? 🙂


  1. Brings to mind…

    “I do the things I do not want to do, and don’t do the things I should do” (paraphrased)


    “Pure religion is helping widows and orphans in their distress”

    Thanks for giving some snippets to ponder…and ACT upon.


  2. David – Romans 7:15 and 7:19; For the good that I would (do, that) I do not,: but the evil which I ( wish i) would not (do), that I do.
    James 1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    I’d say you got it spot on with Number 1 🙂

    ( I like to research the scriptural quote – helps me understand Scripture more when i find it in context) 🙂


  3. #1 Our ability to act in an absurd fashion allows mankind to believe we can do anything. How absurd it is to think we can fly when we don’t have wings.

    #2 The four (that we know of) fundamental forces in nature (gravity, electromagnetism, the strong and weak interaction) connect every particle of matter in everything to every other thing in the Universe.


  4. Thanks Ric and as ‘your’ quote also proves….

    Ecc 1:9 That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

    I’d say that this quote and yours mostly apply to ‘human’ nature in that we do today almost exactly what we have done since prehistoric times… Think we know ‘best’ and think either we are ‘better’ than God ( ie. he does not exist) or God will solve all our problems for us – possibly after we die. i find little evidence ( other than the recorded life and acts of Jesus and remarkably few other humans since) that Man has yet ‘found’ a new way of behaving that can bring him any significant benefit. (as opposed to some individual/small group comforts).

    And that is despite us having the Bible for the best part of two millenia. 😦

    Ed – Sorry sir but on Number 1 i will disagree with you. 🙂
    We see the glorious sight of a Bird in flight and wonder – why not me? Then it becomes a driving passion to experience that ‘dream’ and we persevere to resolve a solution to it – or more than one, balloons, kites, hang-gliders and ultimately the aeroplane Nothing absurd there at all. A little risk-taking perhaps and some unforeseen disasters along the way, but constant ‘progress’ towards fulfilling a ‘dream’. ( with the most recent progress being the man you posted on who ‘flew’ with wings and some rockets over the English Channel.

    While i agree with you 100% on number 2 i think most people would not have a clue how those things ‘unite’ and link us to our fellow human beings. I am quite certain it is more about us NEEDING people we might have never seen in order to eat, clothe, work, be entertained, be educated, be ‘protected’ etc etc. and trying to increase our awareness that, in the words of Aussie songwriter Ben Lee:

    “We’re ALL in this together, we’re all in THIS TOGETHER!”

    EVERY man is your brother, every woman your sister.’

    And accordingly we are all believers in God and in humanity.

    Sadly most do not seem to carry this to it’s logical conclusion… individual belief is not as important as respecting (loving) your neighbour. However close or distant they are to us – or to our belief.


  5. Rachel – So true – sometimes it is even the decisions we take so lightly that can have the biggest effect ( It’s E-ffect, Tam, because i used ‘thE’ before: biggest Effect!) 😉

    But just not always 😉

    Importantly, the decisions we take – or those we give our ‘approval’ of because we voted the politicians ‘in’ – can have MASSIVE effects on people we will likely never meet.
    Our ‘responsibilities’ extend far beyond our own family group.

    Far even beyond our town, state or country.

    We are ALL in this together.


  6. im with rachel. the second quote makes me think that if i live totally self-focused …i am robbing my fellow man, and any potential worth i can add to this world. we were created for fellowship, to draw off one another. to add life. not hide it.


  7. Thank you for noticing/remembering Annie 😉

    Sadly though more and more of my fellow Aussies don’t seem to think this way either – we’re also succumbing to the materialistic M E (Me Me Me) disease associated with the What’s in it for M E’ and ‘i know My Rights (but ignore my responsibilities) syndromes.

    Tam – 🙂 That is certainly a great personal philosphy.

    I think Melville was also addressing those in society who feel like they either ‘can’ or ‘have to’ go it alone – do it all by themselves. Those people may have that feeling but even so there are thousands of subtle ways we never pay attention to that connect us to other people, other ‘forces’ and things.

    Those people rarely give any acknowledgement to such help and certainly don’t offer their thankfullness for it.. I think Melville saw this and was hoping to ‘correct’ some small part of it. 🙂

    Kind of along the lines of ‘No man is an Island…’

    as i said the point you focussed on was equally as good 😉

    The book i am currently reading makes the suggestion that the point of fellowship with others is to help our soul’s own purpose – and in sharing fellowship it may also hopefully help them with theirs (bringing all into closer ‘connection’ to God!)

    Sadly in us less than perfect humans it can and does go a little ‘off track’ sometimes when we meet very ‘confused’ and spiritually unaware humans close to us.


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