Robert L. Peters

18 December 2013

A problem for optimists is that they can never be pleasantly surprised.

Not that optimism is a bad thing…


16 December 2013

Pawel Kuczynski, seriously satirical…

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Poznan, Poland

Illustrator Pawel Kuczynski portrays today’s social, political, and cultural realities with his thought-provoking work…

See more here.


15 December 2013

When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.


14 December 2013

OK… I'll buy that reasoning.

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13 December 2013

Listen in such a way that others love to speak with you. Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.

It all comes down to mutually rewarding communication…


12 December 2013

Joy and sorrow are inseparable… together they come and when one sits alone with you, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

—Kahlil Gibran


11 December 2013

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


10 December 2013

Today is Human Rights Day.

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Paris, France

65 years ago today, on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled.

On that day, the Declaration was adopted by a vote of 48 in favor, 0 against, with eight abstentions: the Soviet Union, Ukrainian SSR, Byelorussian SSR, People’s Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, People’s Republic of Poland, Union of South Africa, Czechoslovakia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (The South African position can be seen as a kind of protection of the system of apartheid in South Africa, which clearly violated any number of articles in the declaration. The Saudi Arabian delegation abstained mostly for two reasons: because of Article 18 which states that everyone has the right “to change his religion or belief” and because of Article 16 on equal marriage rights. Eleanor Roosevelt attributed the abstention of the Soviet bloc nations to Article 13, which provided the right of citizens to leave their countries).

Many consider the Declaration to be the most important document ever written, essentially “the international Magna Carta of all mankind.” As such, it has also become the most translated document in the world.

10 December was established as Human Rights Day in 1950, and has been commemorated annually around the world on this date ever since.

Read the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here, or download a PDF of the text here.


9 December 2013

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


8 December 2013

Cold war yuletime…

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(Link to source, with many more, broken — sorry…)


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