Community and shared values

It sometimes looks like our sense of community and shared values is fast disappearing. It feels we are living in times of crisis when politicians threaten to shut down parliament or defy congress.  We need  to cherish democracy and its instruments and not forget about the alternatives.  More than that, we need to look beyond the horizon of our borders and build supra-national friendships not only based on trade, but also on culture and sharing.  We need to weave links and relationship across the world.Today’s quotes on the fragment of poster are:

“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.”
― Maajid Nawaz, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

Fundamental British values. Respect of people’s opinions. Part 1

As part of my exhibition at the Gerald Moore Gallery this coming November, I wanted to design a series of poster celebrating fundamental British values, which I would love to call fundamental human values if they were more widespread… The result is a series of “weird” posters (which I had great fun creating and which I like very much).  One of the posters is about the importance of respecting people’s beliefs…which should go without saying but doesn’t always.  I found a series of quotes related to the subject, which I liked, were interesting and relevant, expressed a whole spectrum of opinions and set up a dialogue with each other.

The idea is, again and always, that as human beings, what unites us is far greater than whet divides us… or should be.

Here is more info about the quotes.  My favorite is definitely Voltairine de Cleyre.  I have to add that even if I find Mencken’s quote very funny, I do have a serious problem with his views in general (I will try to think abut the difference between tolerance and acceptance)

“What has he found who has lost God?
And what has he lost who has found God?”
― Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah Al-Iskandari

“I die, as I have lived, a free spirit, an Anarchist, owing no allegiance to rulers, heavenly or earthly.”
― Voltairine de Cleyre

“A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there. A theologian is the man who finds it.”
― H.L. Mencken

“When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

– The Tyger
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience

“I figure if there is a God, She’s good and surged right now about the state of things down here.”
― Hillary Jordan, When She Woke