Sunday, February 18, 2007

From: The Mouse That Roared

A snippet from The Mouse That Roared. It is one of my most favorite books of all time and a book I return to over and over again. It is as pertinent today as it was when it was written, nearly fifty-five years ago.

And apply this to Iraq, Darfur, or any humanitarian situation you can think of.

"We cannot force a man to help us with our problem. If he helps at all, it must be the result of his own free desire to do so. It must be because he recognizes a higher duty than that which he owes his own nation. And he must discover this for himself.

It is true that there is a great deal in man that is deceitful," he said. "But the deepest force in man is towards good. It is for that reason that the murderer will help a child across the fence, and a soldier secretly visit the grave of his enemy.

When a man denies the goodness in himself, then he really suffers."

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