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Mr Rogers:

4. On What We Do

“What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise–his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.”

From The World According to Mister Rogers (Kindle Locations 621-623).

5. On Looking for the Helpers

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”

From The World According to Mister Rogers (Kindle Locations 645-647).


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  • BryanJensen

    If there is a “Makers vs. the Takers” debate, I’d like Fred to be defining the terms.

  • Joe Canner

    I like #5. I had that same thought after I heard about the heroes of Sandy Hook ES who protected their students, at great cost to themselves. For every Adam Lanza there are multiple heroes rising to the occasion. Whenever I hear people bemoaning the collapse of American society, I think of (and try to point people to) those heroes.