This is about the closest I can come using standard font symbols to one I have used in my personal shorthand for "Ultimate Truth" or "Ultimate Principles" for many years. I will probably elaborate on why and how such a symbol came to be used by me, and its relationship to ideas or concepts developed and explicated in many other traditions, such as those of Dao and Dharma. I probably won't really focus on explicating much here until I have built up a much larger web of quotes and statements about other ideas and their relationships in my user pages. So it goes… ⨀∴☥☮♥∵ॐ …Blessings. ~ ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 23:55, 15 March 2014 (UTC) + tweaks
I just awoke from a brief sleep and found reminders of one of my favorite quotes on Liberty, and decided that here would be a good place to put it for now, as I gradually consider ways to present ideas and quotes and thoughts that have long been prominent and significant in my mind:
|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 save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it… What is this liberty that must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not the 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 on 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 minds 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 has never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest.
|~ Learned Hand, in "The Spirit of Liberty" - a speech at "I Am an American Day" ceremony, Central Park, New York City (21 May 1944) ~|
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