we’re born originals and die as dupes

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.

—Pablo Casals
Spanish Cellist

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3 Responses to “we’re born originals and die as dupes”

  1. gbh Says:

    LOVE this– thanks for sharing.

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  2. 3 teens' mom Says:

    “Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move..”

    Heavenly days…what a beautiful thing to say. To anyone. At any time.

    Seems to me we should all spend a lot more time celebrating these beautiful realities..we are all unique, clever, beautiful, marvelous. Every one of us.

    Celebrate the ‘now’ right now. Say every nice thing that occurs to you. Smile. Be kind. Pat and fluff. Support and cherish. Embrace every good thing. Hug your babies…your parents…your loved ones. Rejoice. Dwell in gratitude.

    Why not?

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  3. SusanC Says:

    This is beautiful. I’m putting this onto my vision board. Thank you.

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