O, Daughters of Jerusalem

A Liberal Education

“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.” (Luke 23:28v) – taken from Paulo Coelho’s latest book, Manuscript Found in Accra.
“Art is like the sun and the sea and the wind, is one and the same all over this earth, in spite of boundaries, nations and wars.” – from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

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I wanted to open this post today with quotes from two of my most favourite and most widely read authors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Kahlil Gibran & Paulo Coelho. They come from completely different backgrounds (Gibran, Lebanese, immigrating to New York in 1895, 52 years before Coelho, Brazilian, was even born). Yet, in a sense, these two authors are almost kindred spirits. Their writings are poetical prose, exploring the depths of the human psyche. I say psyche twofold: it refers to the totality of…

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