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do justice now
September 21, 2013, 9:07 am
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In his excellent Transit Notes Blog, George has put the following passage from the Talmud, inspired by the Book of the Prophet Micah:

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.  Love mercy now. Walk humbly now.  Do justly now.  You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

I love this.  It is so full of wisdom, humanity and passion.

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Delighted to know that you have passed on the wisdom of this great quote, Andy. After so many years of study and thought, I don’t think I can come up with a better prescription for life, and, as for those moments in which we all question our ability to make a difference, it’s good to be reminded constantly that we are not here to complete the work; we are only required to do our small part in our limited days. Small deeds by committed individuals are the spokes that turn the wheels of spiritual and social evolution.

Comment by George

Amen George!

Comment by pilgrimpace

Andy, I remembered where I first say the quote. Check out http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org, click on “Portrait Galleries,” and the click on the portrait of Charlie Clements, where you will find a biographical sketch that concludes with the quote. By the way, I think you will enjoy exploring this site further. It’s quite inspirational.

Comment by George

The quote apparently originated with Rabbi Tarfon (70-135 CE).

Comment by George

Thanks so much George. I’m going to enjoy spending some time following all this through.


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