Posts Tagged ‘Liberty’



   Posted by: Chen    in Journey of life

Upon until recently, my understanding of world peace relied heavily on diplomatic negotiations among nations, relied on leaderships of the free world to safeguard freedom, relied on democratic process that ensures protection for justice. While all of these are still vital, none of them guarantees anything. Because, any of these can be manipulated, misguided, and deceptive. True world peace can only be achieved when each and every individual human being surrenders himself wholeheartedly to peace, when each and every one becomes PEACE. We talk peace. We walk peace. WE ARE PEACE. Only then, violence will be cornered, oppression will find itself in no place to flex muscles. Let’s make today count!

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Only when we develop a genuine sense of love and respect towards all members of our human family, will we be able to sustain a true gratitude towards all beings in nature. That’s when not only the world is peaceful, but also enchanting. Remember, we are all members of our human family, and our human family is a member of the bigger family of nature.

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Everything in nature has its purpose in the grand desideratum of the circle of life. That purpose may not seem obvious to be directly beneficial to us humans. That does not warrant us the rights to destroy it. We must come to the realization that destroying any part of the structure will lead to the collapse of the structure itself.

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The most coward act in the world is to use violence to suppress peace and obstruct justice. Peace and justice cannot prevail if the free world continues to tolerate such coward acts 

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We are the same, and we are different. We are the same because we all are members of the same human family. We are different because each of us is unique. Love each other because we are brothers and sisters. Respect the individual liberty of each other because we all have our own individual personalities and needs and all of us are created equal and are endowed with basic human rights. That’s the spirit of Diversity. From this point on, when we say Diversity, we mean the interweaving of Love and Freedom.

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For too long the gift of diversity and the unconditional love mother nature endows we so have taken for granted. We expect her nurturing to continue indefinitely while compounding uncontrolled punishment to her. Our common mother will never tell us how much pain she has been enduring. But she has being teaching us silently how to love and be passionate without prejudice. Isn’t it time that we return the love and compassion to her, and manifest love and compassion to each other and all beings? Doing so, we as children will console her and put a genuine smile on her heart, while creating harmony and peace for ourselves.

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Deep down most people want peace, want to make friends, want to connect themselves with others. That’s what humanity is all about. Violence cannot solve conflict, war plants seeds of hate that’s inherent generations upon generations.

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Being grateful and appreciative. Once that becomes our primary attitude, we open ourselves to endless enrichment.

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Within the heaven of the godly peace lies love in all beings.

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To be successful in any profession requires skill and knowledge. That usually means vigorous training and education. All it requires for being a champion for peace is a heart that believes in peace. Believe that I AM PEACE. My life is the message for peace, myself is an instrument for peace, my act sparks inspirations for others standing up for a nonviolence and cruelty-free society. Each of us may be a small drop. But collectively we converge onto an ocean that brings Peace to the world and extends our love and compassion to all life around us. Imagine!

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True liberty cannot be attained if one lives in fear. Fear exists if one does not nourish oneself with inner peace.

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We see, we hear, we think, we talk, we feel, we touch, we breath, we drink, we eat. We are codependent to all lives in the universe. Realizing this barefaced fact, it becomes apparent that anything we do has an impact on others, even it is some thoughts going through our mind. Invisible does not imply powerless. Invisible is the prelude to manifesting physical, and is contiguous to the state of mind of other beings. Underestimate not the power of a peaceful mind. It disseminates positivity to actuate livelihood. It sends amicability to comfort the surroundings.

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Anxiety and uncertainty, being stressed and strained, fear and insecurity, these all are symptoms of lack of inner peace. All the learning for acquiring inner peace primarily directs to the same objective: shielding off the intrusion of annoyances cause by elements that are none essential to life. Those elements are countless. But the list for the opposite is quite short: liberty and compassion, both are attainable within one’s own natural capacity.

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When one is at peace with himself, with the surroundings, with all beings in the universe, he is no longer to be under obligation to himself or anyone else, nor does he feel anyone is under obligation to him. That’s the state of liberty. In that state, there’s nothing in him but compassion. Oh, my friend, do you see it?

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Pathway to Liberty

   Posted by: Chen    in Journey of life

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence

roadIt is raining hard again. I don’t remember another Texas October with this much rain. This non-stop rain has completely messed up my routine. I couldn’t focus on what I am supposedly of doing.

I decide to give up. Maybe it is time to do something else. Some of my friends have been suggesting that I should start a blog. I thought that was an intriguing idea. But, for a long while, I did not know where to start, and was not sure whether I have the self-discipline to keep it going.

Well, maybe, I am thinking, the rain could provide enough “juice” to get it off the ground.

I am going to give it a try, starting with some thoughts I wanted to share for quite some time now.

I am a first generation immigrant. I consider myself as someone willingly taking the steps of going through the “naturalization” process, a process that transcends from living in fear to the recognition of the inherent spirit of liberty. Of course, I am still a work-in-progress. For many years, I kept re-visiting the speech given by Judge Learned Hand, on May 21, 1944 in the “I Am an American Day” ceremony. The speech has become my instant reference on executing my duty as a citizen.

We have gathered here to affirm a faith, a faith in a common purpose, a common conviction, a common devotion. Some of us have chosen America as the land of our adoption; the rest have come from those who did the same. For this reason we have some right to consider ourselves a picked group, a group of those who had the courage to break from the past and brave the dangers and the loneliness of a strange land.

What was the object that nerved us, or those who went before us, to this choice? We sought liberty; freedom from oppression, freedom from want, freedom to be ourselves. This we then sought; this we now believe that we are by way of winning.

What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.

And what is this liberty which must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty, and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow.

What then is the spirit of liberty? I cannot define it; I can only tell you my own faith. The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned but never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest.

And now in that spirit, that spirit of an America which has never been, and which may never be; nay, which never will be except as the conscience and courage of Americans create it; yet in the spirit of that America which lies hidden in some form in the aspirations of us all; in the spirit of that America for which our young men are at this moment fighting and dying; in that spirit of liberty and of America I ask you to rise and with me pledge our faith in the glorious destiny of our beloved country.

I am continuously fascinated by the implementation the Founding Fathers of this great nation engineered in transforming an ideal into a political and social architecture. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder how those great minds arrived the same time in the same place, how were they, all with strong personalities and vast wisdom, able to work together in crafting a blueprint that would guild a nation in preserving and protecting the most fundamental rights of mankind for generations to come. I am in complete agreement with the suggestion made by Joseph Costello in his book Consent of the Governed: “One should approach the legacy of the Founding Fathers with a sense of reverence and awe. It is the brightest shining governance star ever created by the mind of man.”


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When first came to the United States in 1982 with a background no such rights were respected, busy school work and language barrier did not allow me to fully embrace the significance of the freedom. It took an elongated process of melting. In 1989, a thorough democratic process took place in forming the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars. I for the first time felt the joy derived from exercising personal rights, and the noble fertile of the democratic procedures. The spirit of individual liberty started soaking in rapidly. Amid this transition, I witnessed the sacrifices people made and are continuously making in all parts of the world in their pursuit of justice and liberty, supplemented myself with the missing lessons on civil rights movements and the extraordinary vision, leadership, and conviction many great leaders ahead of us exhibited, from Frederick Douglass to Abraham Lincoln, from MLK to JFK. As I walk on the path that has been paved for people like myself, I frequently remind myself about the expanded personal and social responsibilities. I treasure the fundamental principles in the constitution that guarantee each and every one the individual rights including freedom of speech.

No, I don’t take any of these rights for granted. Neither do I take them lightly. I sometimes worry how fragile they can be. I am often cautious that we sometimes loose sights of the constitution when we put politics over and above the individual rights. It is my strong conviction that we must constantly remind ourselves that individuals have certain rights that no law may take away, not even with a democratically conducted voting process.

I don’t know a lot about M. Grundler. But it is hard for me to ignore the man for his this famous quote: “It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.”

For a long time, it never belonged to me.



NEVER Forget

   Posted by: Chen    in Journey of life

Never Forget

Never Forget

Today marks the 8th anniversary of 9 11. What happened 8 years ago on this date completely changed the lives of many. As we begin to observe this day, let us not fall into a mere routine action of comfortably relegate to remembrance on a single day each year. We must never forget!

The 9 11 tragedy was a direct attack to the humanities, a direct attack to the freedoms, and  a direct attack to the inalienable rights of to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Such attack could
come in other shapes and forms. We must join force with all the peace lovers across the globe to protect those rights.

Let’s join our spirits in unity and dignity to honor the heroes who lost their lives on that tragic day.

God Bless America!


A beautiful poem by Adam Zagajewski
(translated, from the Polish, by Clare Cavanagh – shared by my friend Xiao)

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
And wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
The abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
One of them had a long trip ahead of it,
While salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
You’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
In a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought of the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
And leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
And the gray feather a thrush lost,
And the gentle light that strays and vanishes
And returns.

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