The Language of Quotes by Rain Cumiskey

The Language of Quotes©

The following is  a collection of my quotes that touch on various life issues and experiences.  These are copyrighted so please use my name as the author if shared.  Thank you!

“Tolerance can be abused by those who interpret it as weakness instead of a certain amount of patience, but it is not infinite.  Without the proper boundaries, tolerance can give “permission” for abuse and cruelty to continue. Tolerance is a gift one human offers to another, it is not an entitlement.”

“This “Rugged Individualist” propaganda has isolated us more and more from each other and from exercising compassion, which now requires constant resuscitation to keep it alive

I can see working toward some sort of balance between being independent and interdependence, but we’re going to drown in a river of “Apathetic Individualism” if we keep pounding our chests while ignoring the beating of our hearts.”

A conscience cannot live within the silence of apathy no more than the mind can live with the guilt of it. It inevitably  becomes the insanity that destroys its’ host, whether they are aware of it or not.”

“We are beset by political idiots and are forced to live with the consequences of the decisions of insane men, who go to bed at night on full stomachs and overflowing bank accounts. The world is upside down.”

“Both empathy and compassion require the brain and the heart to work in sync with each other. It also requires endurance in the midst of adversity; to be resolute in our intentions for a more long lasting positive and enduring outcome.

Some people do this naturally. Empathy is all of who they are and it’s not even something they have to “consider” employing, it’s just there. These are the people we are inspired by and the people we need to partner with in order to remind us that hope still exists in the midst of chaotic times.”

“Share the pain but share the lessons. I find this gives pain and suffering less power.”

“Our humanity is firmly affixed in our ability to understand and empathize with every person’s suffering and it is the one thing, in our “American Arrogance” that we are totally void of as a society. “

“Insanity is not the inability to distinguish right from wrong.  Real insanity is knowing right from wrong and deliberately choosing wrong.”

On accepting our humanity:
“To recognize we are all gifted in our own ways and all flawed in our own ways. To accept both in another (and ourselves) with a large measure of awareness such that we don’t fall prey to the trap of worshiping anyone’s human gifts.   This can blind us into believing being gifted in one way or another absolves us (any of us) from our responsibility toward acknowledging and making efforts to improve our human flaws.”


“The one thing I understand is that without empathy, our species is doomed to repeat its’ destructive history, but this is also evolution based as well. Some of us seem to evolve mentally but not soulfully. Evolving individually is only possible when our biological families have the knowledge and education necessary to pass on this legacy of empathy.


We can trace back every wrong move, every problematic and destructive event back to what shapes our species as children. How even our trauma gets infused into our DNA, giving rise to imbalanced brain chemicals. Even those whose intentions are for human good, but do not exercise empathy in their personal lives are at risk of becoming part of this continuing chaos.”

“We cannot neglect our souls and expect a responsible result.”

“Violence by it’s very nature, always has unpredictable outcomes and the ripple effects reach far into our futures, both personally and socially.

Those that start it can try and hide it under any airbrushed propaganda, or machinations they choose, but no one has control over it, not even the people who are arrogant enough to think they do. It’s a virus like any other.  Gone unchecked, it becomes pandemic. It is collective destruction, the insanity of it ultimately wasting even the perpetrators.”

“Life has circumstances orchestrated by both natural and human influences. However much either throws us up against their walls, we have the choice to hone our empathy throughout. Without it, we lose our ability in both cases, to be a true part of either.”

“It is “Quiet Courage” that is unassuming.  It needs no props or plans.  It is an innate and consistent experience, rather than a deliberate search to create or inflict ones’ self into circumstances to prove bravery.”

“It has always concerned me deeply that some humans actually believe that in order to extract the best from people it automatically gives them permission to treat them with cruelty.  While a Sociopath will deem cruelty a necessity , this type thinking is an extension of  a serious personality defect that only causes suffering.  The only people who enjoy cruelty are the sadistic people who inflict it.”

“The quote “Wars make monsters out men.”  isn’t accurate.  Wars are made by the monsters men have already become.”

“Patriotism has tragically become part and parcel to the propaganda machine that constantly uses people’s loyalty and love for their Country (particularly the young) as a way recruit them into wars they manufacture, violence they manufacture under the guise of patriotism and then those who refuse to participate are shamed and punished. No war has ever been started without greed as an agenda and insanity as the propeller.”

“In the Great Depression, educated people were selling pencils on the street.  In this Depression, I see educated people begging for pencils on the the street.”

“We are here holding on to the last shreds of integrity and decency, trying to sew them back into the fabric of humanity”

“Neutrality in the midst of cruelty is a complicit act of doing nothing.”

“I’ve never known anyone who’s last wish on their death bed was wondering what the balance was on their bank account.   However,  I can guarantee  there was at least one thought about their soul account.”

“Being orthodox is the inability to acknowledge common sense over fixed beliefs.  It also gives the worst kind of permission to judge people in harsh ways if they do not blindly follow what they themselves follow.”

“Throwing caution to the wind is pretty much like spitting into it.”

“Tyranny attempts to exhaust humanity by laying the ground work for societies to become desperate.  Destabilize the economy, turn people against each other, and gather the complicit to do their dirty work.  The silence of apathy then becomes the virus that causes the systemic degeneration of the social immune system.”

Tyrants then emerge as self proclaimed heroes, promising to right the ills they themselves have orchestrated…the illusion of salvation and our silent voices ensure their true intent to enslave.”

“There is this tortuous imbalance that occurs when we have literally “lost our senses”. It immediately weakens us and leaves us vulnerable to being manipulated and controlled by malicious forces. Yet we are deliberately taught and conditioned in our society to ignore and deny what we feel. No one can feel from the neck up. You can’t disconnect the soul from the mind and expect a responsible result.”

“There is nothing on this planet, in my opinion, more negatively life altering to any living creature then the deliberate language of hatred, acted out in any form.  It is the mortal sin inflicted upon the psyche that, without empathic intervention, perpetuates every ill and even worse, encourages those ills to become acceptable.”

“Lying by Silence:  It hangs in the air like cigarette smoke.  You may not be the smoker, but it doesn’t make lying any less toxic.  The question is, how long are you willing to keep breathing it?”

“Rule #1: Do no harm.  Rule #2: Prepare for the responsibility of having to pro actively make the cruel aware of Rule #1.

“How easy it is to pontificate on politics and religion on and full stomach.”

“Edward Bernays had an alarmingly powerful effect on the entire American culture with what he termed as “Public Relations”, which was actually propaganda that allowed advertising to take hold of the American psyche.  He understood the primal human needs of people to be accepted in order to survive, even at the cost of making others suffer.  He used this propaganda not only to make his fortune, but change the neurological mapping of an entire society that has similar roots in Hitlerist ideology.”

“Intent is the basis of all communication. We learn words but we also need to learn the intent behind them. Most people aren’t even aware of how transparent their emotions are whatever they are saying. Being aware of intent is both a way of appreciating another person or protecting ourselves from them as well, when necessary.”

“I think that, as humans, that the struggle between ego and conscience is always at play within us. We are hard wired with primal instincts/impulses, but our saving grace, always, is that we are also born with innate empathy to assist us in keeping the Reptilian part of our brains from going postal.

The Sociopath/Psychopath has no conscience. Whether by having these natural characteristics absent, either by nature and/or lack of nurture, their primal instincts/impulses become their default behavior that dominates and controls their libido. While not every person born into a Sociopathic/Psychopathic family with this history is thankfully not going to turn out that way, it’s a life long struggle to heal from it.

It does not make these types any less responsible for their actions. They are perfectly capable of knowing right from wrong, but they deliberately translate “right” into their self absorption. What’s “right” for them and they aren’t interested in the consequences of the wrong they do so they can justify their right. The end never justifies the means, it only perpetuates the means into a an ongoing problem.”

“Whatever the circumstances or situation that moves people to violence, it will continue to have unpredictable and uncertain outcomes.  No one and I mean no one is ever in control when violence is the intent and the goal.  Once in motion, it takes on a life of its’ own and the end result is never a win.  If it was, we would have learned the lesson by now and instilled society with a need to prevent history from  repeating itself. “

“Our job as parents is to make sure our children get the facts of the present and historical reasons why our society has become so volatile; that we give them both emotional and physical tools to become stronger than their fears. We instill in them and encourage them to exercise empathic options in resolving conflicts in their daily lives so that ripples out into society as something hopeful rather than have them be so effected by the social tragedies and politcal sabotage they hear and see, they lose hope for both their present and future.  The idea is to have their conscience be more powerful than their circumstances.”

“A few of the things that are more chilling about the Sociopathic personality are that they are capable of enjoying and being proud of their cruelty. The other is that they’re capable of “acting” like they are perfectly normal and then they flip the switch.  They don’t imagine themselves as someone else but instead, they take bits and pieces of acceptable characteristics of other people. They absolutely know that they are socially deviant or they wouldn’t try and hide it as long as they can to get what they want.  This is why so many of them are attracted to political and religious careers.  These are not “callings” for the better purposes of serving society.  These are opportunities  they see as beneficial to their self absorbed agenda’s, aimed toward manipulation with the goal of control.”

“Cruelty is just as much of a choice as kindness.   It is a choice made from an inability to control one’s reactionary impulses.  This is a tricky area that can be confusing because while the Sociopath calculates and executes deliberate plans that result in the suffering of others, they first must follow that lack of impulse control to make these choices; and they do.

This inability does not absolve them of their actions and behavior.  They enjoy wrong because it is a faster way to obtain instant gratification for their self absorption, while empathy takes assessment, patience and time to resolve potentially violent scenarios such that everyone involved is educated and inspired to become a part of the solution.”

“He fears, hates and envies those who naturally possess the characteristics of goodness that “make” greatness. He has neither in him on any level. So his default is vengeance.”

“There is something just as criminal and abusive when there is violence and cruelty and that is silence in the midst of witnessing them.  It is lying by silence and it not only betrays the victim, it betrays the human spirit.   One cannot close their mouths to cruelty and expect their conscience to remain silent; if they possess one.”

“Primal survival is based in “more”.  Social survival is based in being willing to share that “more” with others. This is where the lines are drawn between “Primal Intelligence” and “Empathic Intelligence:.    Being cunning doesn’t necessarily make anyone an effective leader or even a great one.  Anyone can to learn how to have a ‘presence’ of confidence and power,  but how it translates in behavior and treatment of those around them, also defines that individuals personality.”



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