Friday, April 22, 2016

"The Fellowship of Those Who Bear The Mark of Pain..."

"The Fellowship of Those Who Bear The Mark of Pain-
Who Are The Members of This Fellowship?"

“Those who have learned by experience what physical and emotional pain and anguish mean are a community all over the world. They are united by a secret bond. One and all, they know the horrors of suffering to which mankind can be subjected. One and all, they know the longing to be free from pain. He who has been delivered from pain must not think he is now free again and can live his life just as he did before. Having come deeply to know pain and anguish, he must help to take a stand against pain and anguish so far as human power can control them, and to bring others the deliverance which he himself has experienced. Such is the fellowship of those who bear the mark of pain.

One and all we must realize that our existence receives its true meaning only when we experience within ourselves the truth of the saying- "He who loses his life will find it." A human being is never a total and permanent stranger to another human being. Man belongs to man. Whoever is spared personal pain, must feel himself called to help in the diminishment of pain in others. Whatever kindness a man puts out into the world works on the thoughts and hearts of his fellow man. The only way out of today's misery is for people to become worthy of each other's trust.

No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green which it wakes into existence needs time to sprout and it is not always granted to the sower to live to see the harvest. In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
- Albert Schweitzer

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