Poignant Reads Worth Your Time

We live in an age of information overflow. As I am typing this, my inbox is overflowing with unread emails from a dozen subscriptions, I have a substantial backlog on my Pocket account and also have a dozen random bookmarks for various articles online.

Amidst all this, every once in a while, you come across writing that makes you stop, take a deep breath and admire the sheer brilliance of the words that carry so much depth, so much meaning and insight. It is all that you would have thought about life but to put it so magnificently is quite another talent, a sign of genius.

These 2 articles are so wonderful that I have been sending it to everyone and nagging them to read it because it is truly worth it. When I’m sending it to people who are practically strangers, how can I not share it on my dear blog ?

Below are my favourite portions from both articles followed by the original links 🙂

And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.

There is much to be done, there is much that can be done. One person, … one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death.

-Elie Wiesel

 

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.

-Victor Frankl

 

Links to the articles

Elie Wiesel’s timely Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech 

Victor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning 

 

Happy Reading ! 🙂

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