"I pledge in my daily life, in my family, my work, my community, my country, and my region, to:
"1) Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination or prejudice.
"2) Practice active nonviolence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economic, and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents.
"3) Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice, and political and economic oppression.
"4) Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation, and the rejection of others.
"5) Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet.
"6) Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity."
~Thich Nhat Hanh, An Excerpt from Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hahn
Source: Thich Nhat Hanh Gems @ Facebook
Source: Thich Nhat Hanh gems @ Facebook
Because in the moment when we are able to smile, to look at ourselves with compassion, our world begins to change.
We may not have done anything but when we are relaxed, when we are peaceful, when we are able to smile and not to be violent in the way we look at the system, at that moment there is a change already in the world.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh