Tuesday, August 9, 2011

And Now About Social Engagement

As soon as I posted the quotes on solitude I knew I was going to have to balance those ideas with thoughts about how we engage socially with each other.  Below are just a very few of the thoughts that great minds have shared.  Enjoy both sides of the story!

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
Mohandas Gandhi

I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.
Andy Warhol

Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him. 
Samuel Johnson

A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
William James

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you..  You have to go to them sometimes. 
Winnie the Pooh

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Helen Keller

This is the way we want to interact with everyone. . . .That’s always our goal.  The more that we can interact on a positive level, the better, . . . We are out there stressing cooperation and building positive relationships. 
Chief Joseph

If one by one we counted people out For the least sin, it wouldn't take us long To get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.
Robert Frost

The concept of randomness and coincidence will be obsolete when people can finally define a formulation of patterned interaction between all things within the universe. 
Toba Beta

(And just for the heck of it--)
I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security and too tired for an affair.  
Erma Bombeck


Inspector Clouseau said...

You will recall Dan that I once argued that "fear," particularly of engagement with others, should be considered the 8th deadly sin, and the trouble in which it got me with one of your friends.

Dan Perin said...

For those who would like to follow a very interesting thread on fear and social engagement, the article referred to by Inspector Clouseau is "Rules of Engagement" posted September 11, 2010.