"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying 'our interests first; who cares about the others?', we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great, and what makes it essential - its moral values."                                                                                                                                                                            - Emanuel Macrono

"We must not allow our societies to be divided into us and them, we and them, we versus others. Every man has the right and can claim to be seen as an individual by the state. Secondly, democracy is the best of all feasible social systems. Even though life in a democracy may well be complicated on occasion. Democracy is more than to ensure majorities. It relies on balance. On a balance between majority and minority - between government and opposition. It relies on the division of powers. "                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Angela Merkel

"Government should be an opportunity for public service, not private gain. And I want to make sure public service is valued and respected because I want to encourage America's youth to pursue careers in government"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - George H. W. Bush

"It is not more work that'll get you ahead. It's the right work on the right things the right way."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             - Jason Fried                                                          

"One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies."                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - James Mattis

"The world needs American leadership, and it is in America's interest to provide it. A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world - and an America - with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Mitt Romney

"Suggesting that we can build an endless wall along our borders, and blame our challenges on immigrants - that doesn't just run counter to our history as the world's melting pot; it contradicts the evidence that our growth and our innovation and our dynamism has always been spurred by our ability to attract strivers from every corner of the globe."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               - Barack Obama 

"If anyone's rights are violated, it doesn't matter if it's a minority or whatever kind of religion, we have to think that it's our (own) rights being violated. Only by doing that we came (together) as humans, humanity as one, and we can protect our very  basic rights. Otherwise we are always divided by politicians or by special interests."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Ai Weiwei    

" For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows  no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt."                                                                                                                                                                                              - Moses                                                  


                                                           Earth rise...  

               The wellbeing of humankind is still in our hands.                                                              

    

                                                          or Sun set?   

              We can choose how to live today and what kind of                             world we leave for our children and grandchildren.