In the last decade, “memes” have become very popular on social media. Memes are graphic images with a very small amount of text. They can be funny, trenchant, pithy, provocative and catchy. I have made a number of memes, and I do so with a bit more wording, and really consider them to represent wisdom and value. In this blog which features quotes about wisdom, I show some of the memes I have made over the last year or two, and point out how the quotes about wisdom and values depicted can really be made engaging and thought-provoking when coupled with graphic imagery. Enjoy!
One of the hallmarks of liberal political philosophy is exemplified by the quote by Frederick Douglass below. It is a wonderful characterization of how we can either spend our money now on preschool programs, nutrition programs, job-training programs, and health care – in alignment with ethics, compassion, and wisdom – or we can spend it later on welfare, prisons, and emergency room visits for opioid overdoses.
The above quote reminds me of the wonderful statement made by fellow Unitarian-Universalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
I suppose you can tell from these two quotations which politician I like and respect more! Obama actually said many wonderful and memorable things. However, he also was hard on whistle-blowers, kept us in the wars Bush started, brought on some of the folks who watched the trainwreck of the Great Recession happen in real time. I mean, Alan Greenspan??? He also took in more money from lobbyists, the wealthy, and special interests in 2008 than any presidential candidate before him. I will say, though, he encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds (the Republicans in Congress) and it made his governance much harder than it should have been. Anywho, I would give my pinky finger to see him in office compared to either Bush or Trump. Check this very interesting video.
Few Americans are as interesting – or quotable – as was Theodore Roosevelt. Though he was pretty militaristic and macho, he did stand up to big business and “bust” some trusts. In this quote, he opines on the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk.
If you liked these memes that featured quotes about wisdom from a diverse array of individuals, try this blog, which has ten others.