Quotes of optimism

There are plenty of them, the quotes, that always struck a chord in my conscious thoughts. The wise words, no matter who said it, always made sense and grabbed some of my time to ponder, activating my neurons. I’m not going to list few and leave it there without sharing my thoughts. So I thought to pick one and write about it. It’s a quote said in one of the top class movies, The Godfather.  The quote is,

Difficult. Not impossible.―Rocco Lampone, The Godfather part II.

That’s one of my favorite quotes of all time. Though, inappropriately, Rocco said this to Michael when asked what he thinks of killing Hyman Roth—one of the antagonists—the reaction was subtle. To get a flavor of it, i’m linking the short scene from the movie so that you may watch it here.

It’s difficult to do a complicated task, but not impossible. There is still room for possibility by any meansscientifically or mathematically or causallyWe’ve reached planetary boundaries—from landing in Moon to picturing Pluto—and other unviable exploration, which once we thought as impossible. How? Because we thought we can. We need to first believe that we can do, in order to make it happen.

Next time when someone tells you that it’s impossible. Tell them “Difficult. Not impossible“.


Can we have Justice without Prejudice?

They had to flee to save their life.

During the early days, the Muslims of Makkah were tortured by the Quraysh clan against their faith. Every morning sunrise began with the struggle between the life and death for Muslims. They bore severe hardships.

They had to leave their homeland for life and freedom.

But then it was a search for trust. The homeland completely became devoid of safe and trustworthy people. The Muslims were told to go to Abyssinia which was ruled by King Najashi, a Christian ruler then. He was a just ruler.

They crossed the Red sea to reach to Abyssinia and were summoned in the King’s courtroom. The Quraysh clan who became aware of the escape plan followed the refugees and also reached the King’s monarchy. Being a trustworthy and a reasonable ruler, the King prepared for hearings from both sides.

After the disciplinary hearing, the king’s verdict was absolute justice. The persecutors were asked to return to their land and the migrants were accorded with hospitality and security. If it weren’t for King Najashi, the justice wouldn’t have served.

The story went into the books of history.

But, even today, we hear torture and persecution of people in their homeland. Can the history evidence yet another similar ruling by Justice ?

Can there be another King Najashi?  Can there be a courtroom serving justice without prejudice?

Sadly, the answer is ‘No’, I reckon.