Never mind the rest

December 22, 2011

All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. . . .
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.

– Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other beautiful stories.

Faith is a risk

November 23, 2011

To have faith requires courage, the ability to take a risk, the readiness even to accept pain and disappointment. Whoever insists on safety and security as primary conditions of life cannot have faith; whoever shuts himself off in a system of defense, where distance and possession are his means of security, makes himself a prisoner.

– Erich Fromm in The Art of Loving