We have all had the experience of reading something that moves us in a manner like no other. During the course of my work I encounter, on a regular basis, statements that are intending to persuade, to point out that we must always be aware of the impact we make upon other beings.
I don’t know who Elizabeth Goudge is but when I read the statement below it stayed with me like few others have. I think that it is her judicious use of the word, ‘contempt’. It is so powerful and so descriptive of care- less actions. Indeed, the time is short and we should move with a gentle touch.
“Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a [person], a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life….” – Elizabeth Goudge, Author