Dreams Are the Stuff Life Is Made Of

by Carroll Carroll

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I believe the hope for a thoroughly honest and ethical society should never be laughed at.  The most idealistic dreams have repeatedly forecast the future.  Most of the things we think of today as hard, practical and even indispensable were once merely dreams.

[. . .] I don’t think I’m my brother’s keeper.  But I do think I’m obligated to be his helper.  And that he has the same obligation to me.

In the last analysis, the entire pattern of my life and belief can be found in the words “Do not do unto others that which you would not have others do unto you.”  To say “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” somehow implies bargaining, an offer of favor for favor.  But to restrain from acts which you, yourself, would abhor is an exercise in will power that must raise the level of human relationship.

“What is unpleasant to thyself,” says Hillel, “that do not unto thy neighbor.  This is the whole law,” and he concluded, “All else is exposition.”

Carroll Carroll[. . .]’s wide-open grin disproves the theory that all humorists are confirmend misanthropes.

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Morgan, Edward P.  (Catalogued under Murrow’s name.)  This I Believe: the living philosophies of one hundred thoughtful men and women from all walks of life—as written for and with a foreword by Edward R. Murrow.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.  Pages 25-26.

I wish he had named the idealistic dreams that became fact.

But did you read that stuff, the in general stuff?  Right on.

I quoted her entire piece, by the way.

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