However, both men’s beliefs differed in some ways. Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Thoreau were intelligent and spiritual philosophers who have provoked great change to contemporary society. Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Thoreau are alike in many ways. For instance, both lead acts of nonviolent protests and civil disobedience. In lines 6-8 of Gandhi’s excerpt it states, “No country has ever become… what it comes to is defeat, not victory.” Both men were spiritual and believed a living a simple
Even though Robert K. Greenleaf was not a Christian, he still recognized that a servant-leader “gives” his power away when he was quoted as saying, “the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible” (Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, n.d.). While Greenleaf recognizes this, he, along with Van Dierendonck, forget to serve Christ first in all that the servant-leader is to do (2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV). Authors Blanchard and Hodges, who have written extensively on servant leadership, offer a different insight on the mindset of the servant-leader apart from Van Dierendonck and Greenleaf’s perspectives using the acronym E.G.O; it can mean either Edge God Out or it can mean Exalt God Only (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008). Servant leadership theorists such as Van Dierendonck and Greenleaf come down on the side of “Edging God Out” of any servant leadership principles that they may have developed. While their attributes and characteristics are commendable in the overall pattern of a servant-leader, leaving God out as the ultimate service practice voids their offerings in the most effective form of
Basso gets the readers involved through his book, and shows the important of how history needs to be passed down from generation to generation. Basso named his book exactly right because wisdom does sit in places, and you just have to have the knowledge to tap into that wisdom. This wisdom is passed down from generation and each generation can add their own story for the next. To even say that wisdom sits in places is a powerful saying because you can tap into that wisdom to better yourself morally, or find a sense of place. The idea that wisdom sits in places in a profound saying that explains itself, because it means so much in just one saying.
Now that we have started to read part of Don Quixote and Unamuno, there is something that resonates with me. It has to deal with the following quotes from Unamuno: “The one who considers himself the leader is often being led, and the faith of the hero feeds on the faith he inspires in his followers….We must usually be believed so that we may believe in ourselves; if it were not a monstrous heresy and a manifest impiety I would maintain that God is nourished by the faith that men feel in Him” (Unamuno, 160). It is through this quote that I, or so I believe, view being a leader in a new light. While it commonly thought that a leader, say a supervisor or your boss, is leading you (say by simply giving you instructions) it is rarely the case that we believe that we are also leading them. What I mean by this is that we commonly view leadership as a single downward communication chain and never as a two-way
In the Life of Saint Benedict, Benedict is portrayed as a very religious man who has authority because of his conversion and lifestyles in his early life. In his own writing, Benedict appears genuine in his guide to the monastic Christian life as he attempts to build an order for a school designed for training in the Lords service. Benedicts approach to this goal is using strict lifestyles and discipline where the more experienced men train the younger. Even though Benedict is genuine in his search for Truth, one may argue that he does not follow biblical principles of freewill, forgiveness, and control. Overall, the Life of Saint Benedict written by Gregory has similarities to Rule of Benedict and explains some of his reactions told by his followers.
Gotama, the religious leader, also as the Buddha, he is known to already have reached Nirvana. During his mission to reach enlightenment, Siddhartha had many different paths of wisdom taken to meet his goal. In the chapter “The Brahmins”, Siddhartha is still managing to seek the meaning of life as he moves his journey on to his enlightenment, he begins to “meditate to the syllable of Om”(page 3). He understands the meaning of “Om” reciting the verse, “Om is the bow, the arrow is the soul, Brahman is the arrow’s goal. At which one aims unflinchingly,” but does not quite merge into it.
All of these tasks turned out to be much more difficult than what they truly were, and eventually Morinaga learned that he had to trust in the Roshi’s command as the Roshi would not tell him to do something without relevant purpose albeit hidden. Morinaga also learned that everything has an inherent value and this value just needs to be realized. Morinaga can be quoted as saying that “The Roshi’s word that originally there is no rubbish either in men or in things, actually comprises the basic truth of Buddhism.” (pg
The Volk Theory suggests the theme of the common man: the idea that common people possess wisdom, not because of instruction or priesthood, but because of their everyday interactions with the world around them. The most prominent thing that Siddhartha stresses about his enlightenment, and the enlightenment of others, is that while it can be guided, it cannot be taught. One example of this is when Siddhartha points out inconsistencies in the Buddha’s teachings, “There is one thing that this clear, worthy instruction does not contain; it does not contain the secret of what the Illustrious One himself experienced. He alone among hundreds of thousands. That is what I thought and realized when I heard your teachings.
Honestly, I believe that Rick Warren is a real standup guy. He expresses a deep-rooted sense of spirituality and holds firm in his beliefs. However, the fact that he is a moral and sensible explains why he is predisposed to fallacious thoughts. Warren’s conservative views have kept him rooted—rooted to the point that he has never considered the alternative to a Christian God. Warren seeks confirmation that his God exists so anything he sees to be true, he assumes to be true.
Govinda is a friend, and was created as a supporting character, but there is a parallel longing in Govinda as in Siddhartha, in terms of searching for the truth. “Govinda, the shy one, also stepped forward and said: ‘I also wish to pay my allegiance