Moon Festival Thought: Humanity and Humility

Monday, September 12, 2011 | comments

The sunset clouds are gathered far away, it's clear and cold,
The Milky Way is silent, I turn to the jade plate.
The goodness of this life and of this night will not last for long,
Next year where will I watch the bright moon
-Ancient Orient Poem

Time is flying, another Moon Festival, compared to many other happy-theme holiday occasions, such as Spring festival, moon Festival brings us some deep thought, paradoxical feelings, and numerous moon-related poems also reflect the theme of humanity & humility.

What can we reflect from this year’s Full Moon day:

  • 9.11 Ten-Year Memorial 
The only real nation is humanity - Paul Farmer

The tragic event happened a decade ago still caused many pains and sorrows, for many families lost the loved ones, tonight’s full moon may never truly wax, always wane through their emotions, but hope the clean, bright moon could comfort their heart, sooth the heavy memories.

Many touching articles published at internet also remind us of the humanity and leadership we could learn from 9.11. May sunshine and moonlight guide us out of the dark and the lost decade, may the new balance of Yin &Yang leadership energize us all into the brighter future.
  • Human’s Moon Journey 
 If we can not end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. 
J.F. Kennedy.

President J.F. Kennedy’s inaugural address and “Go To Moon” speech lifted the America dream to explore the space and beyond.

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” These famous words were uttered by Neil Armstrong as he made history as the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.

A Couple of Great Quotes about Moon, Humanity & Humility 
  • See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls. 
  • Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon. 
  • To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.  Martha Nussbaum 
  • My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.  Bishop Desmond Tutu 
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