Group Reading

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” ~ Tennessee Williams

One: My neighbor and I have the same origins;

All: We share a common destiny;

One: We are the obverse and reverse sides of one entity; We are unchanging equals;

All: We are the faces which see themselves in each other;

One: My neighbor’s sorrow is my sorrow;

All: Your joy is my joy;

One: We are mutually fulfilled when we stand by each other in moments of need. All: Your survival is a precondition of my survival. Zulu Personal Declaration

Quotes & Readings

“The immigrants were without any deep consciousness of the role they were playing. They did not dream of history or see themselves as part of history. They partook of a mythology of the place to which they were going, but of the fact of the place they knew little indeed. Misery absorbed them. Nausea absorbed them. The agony of their stomachs absorbed them. In the pitching, shifting, fetid cabin occupied by eight human beings, four of them adult, four of them children, measuring eight feet by eight feet, stinking of a mixture of body odor and vomit, unventilated, they were absorbed by the various degrees of their misery—and this misery appeared to them to go on for an eternity….[Anna Lavette, seven months pregnant thought that she would surely die.] They had been at sea for sixteen days…..She did not die, and a day came when the pitching and lurching of the ship ended….[and] she saw the sun and the sky and the smooth water of New York Harbor….Everyone was on deck….The great lady of hope welcomed them, and this they had been waiting to see. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” ~ The Immigrants by Howard Fast

“We are all visitors—even when we are home. Our time in any relationship or place is ultimately limited. We are passing through; nobody stays forever. How might we act if we consider ourselves guests in the lives of friends and family? Being a good guest is rather simple in principle but occasionally challenging in practice. One begins by demanding nothing more than the bare elements of life and dignity, which every host is more than delighted to exceed. The good guest then simply allows the other person to be a good host—to share his gifts, to play her music, to tell his stories, to show her places, and to serve his foods. Finally, a guest should cultivate and express genuine gratitude. It need not be effusive or exorbitant, only sincere. We might also think of ourselves as uninvited, but not unwelcome, guests of the planet. And I think the rules for being a good guest of the world are just the same: Ask little, accept what is offered, and give thanks. Jeffrey Lockwood, The Fine Art of the Good Guest

Affirmation

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me. Carlos Fuentes

Seed of Kindness To All

Say together: Goodwill to all people. We are all one.

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