June: Solidarity


To me, it really seems visible today that ethics is not something exterior to the economy, which, as technical matter, could function on its own; rather, ethics is an interior principle of the economy itself, which cannot function if it does not take account of the human values of solidarity and reciprocal responsibility.

Pope Benedict  XVI (1927 - ) Germany


Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all. Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005) Poland


Nature compels us to recognize the fact of mutual dependence, each life necessarily helping the other lives who are linked to it. In the very fibers of our being, we bear within ourselves the fact of the solidarity of life.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) Switzerland


Solidarity between women can be a powerful force of change, and can influence future development in ways favourable not only to women but also to men.

Nawal El-Saadawi (1931 - ) Egypt


The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) Switzerland


We earn a living by what we do but we build a life by what we give. You can earn a living by working. But you build a life by what you give.

Wiston Churchill (1874 – 1965) England


The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself. The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

Lao Tzu (600 BC -531 BC)


The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) Germany


The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 -1945 ) USA


Do all the good that you can, by all means, in as many ways as you can, in as many places as you can, to as many people as you can, for as long as you can.

John Wesley (1703 – 1791) United Kingdom

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