The funny things about human beings.
A man asked my friend Jaime Cohen : ‘ What is the human being’s funniest characteristic ?’ Cohen said : ‘ Our contradictoriness. We are in such a hurry to grow up, and then we long for our lost childhood. We make ourselves ill earning money, and then spend all our money on getting well again. We think so much about the future that we neglect the present, and thus experience neither the present nor the future. We live as if we were never going to die, and die as if we had never lived.
The Moment of Dawn.
During the World Economic Forum at Davos, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, Shimon Peres, told the following story.
A Rabbi gathered together his students and asked them: ‘How do we know the exact moment when night ends and day begins?’ – ‘When it’s light enough to tell a sheep from a dog’, said one boy.
Another student said: ‘No, when it’s light enough to tell an olive tree from a fig tree’. – ‘No, that’s not a good definition either.’ –‘Well, what’s the right answer ?’ asked the boys. And the Rabbi said:
‘When a stranger approaches, and we think he is our brother, and all conflicts disappear, that is the moment when night ends and day begins.’
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