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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
“My culture had taught me all the wrong things well. So I lay completely still and gave no reaction at all. The soul has no culture. The soul has no nations. The soul has no color, or accent or way of life. The soul is forever. The soul is one. And when the heart has its moment of truth and sorrow, the soul can’t be stilled.”
“One of the reasons why we crave love and seek it so desperately is that love is the only cure for loneliness and shame and sorrow. And some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.”
Beyond Right & Wrong: A documentary film about stories of justice and forgiveness
"Too often, forgiveness is construed as miraculously having positive feelings towards the person who had harmed you. This understanding is, I suspect, an impossible fiction. But what is not impossible is the refusal of revenge, the refusal to answer back in kind. Beyond Right and Wrong examines powerful stories of ordinary people in Rwanda and Israel/Palestine who have let go of perfectly natural punitive instincts in the name of a brighter tomorrow, one not trapped by the hatreds of the past."