Beyond opprobrium

I had to look the word up but opprobrium means harsh criticism or censure.*

The future invites us to move beyond opprobrium – both when it comes to us from, and when we are tempted to use it against, others.

‘I was at once impressed by the phrase “make place for the other.”‘**

Theodore Roosevelt declared in his arena speech:

“There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder.”^

Quelling the storms and riding the thunder begins as a desire and becomes an art.  The kind of art that may save the world.

(*Maria Popova uses the word in her Brain Pickings: Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism.)
(**From Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.)
(^Theodore Roosevelt, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism.)

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