At the deepest, most important level, we must believe that what is good for us individually is good for us all. If we require freedom, love, and meaningful work for ourselves, then we can deny these things to none.
Robert D. Richardson Jr. - “Ralph Waldo Emerson”
The time is coming when all men will see, that the gift of God to the soul is not a vaunting, overpowering, excluding sanctity, but a sweet, natural goodness, a goodness like thine and mine, and that so invites thine and mine to be and to grow.
Hereto was [man] born, to deliver the thought of his heart from the universe to the universe, to do an office which nature could not forego, nor he be discharged from rendering, and then immerge again into holy silence and eternity out of which as a man he arose.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “The Method of Nature”