First they came for the communists, and I
didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
We have created you from a single
(pair) of a male and a female,
and made you into nations and tribes,
that you may know each other ( not that you may despise each other).
We are not alone in our loneliness.
Others have been here and known
Griefs we thought our special own,
Problems that we could not solve,
Lovers that we could not have,
Pleasures that we missed by inches...
I thank you and say how proud
That I have been by fate allowed
To stand here having the joyful chance
To claim my inheritance.
For most have died the day before
The opening of that holy door.
Refuse to fall down
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you from lifting your heart
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die
The Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace was designed by Russian artist and humanitarian,
Nicolas Roerich (1874-1947) as a response to the destruction of the first world war and the Russian Revolution.
The deep red colour symbolizes the colour of our blood, which is the same for all people. The top circle represents spirituality and encompasses the truth of all religions, that we can all unite regardless of our distinct beliefs. The 2 circles on the bottom represent art and science.
The circle that surrounds the 3 spheres represents culture, the unity of art, science, and spirituality.