“Yet even in the loneliness of the canyon I knew there were others like me who had brothers they did not understand but wanted to help. We are probably those referred to as "our brothers keepers," possessed of one of the oldest and possible one of the most futile and certainly one of the most haunting instincts. It will not let us go.”
(Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories)
Many of our German friends before the war would come as our guest to hunt wild pig. I refused to invite Goering. I could not tolerate his killing a wild pig seemed too much like brother against brother.
(Joseph L. Mankiewicz, U.S. director, screenwriter. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Countess (Danielle Darrieux), Five Fingers (1952).)
All my brothers, my brothers-in-law, they're always telling me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you get to be a real professor of pain.
“The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you.”
Our political emancipation and its derivatives (e.g. academic freedom and freedom of expression) have yet to bear fruit once we start asking a few questions; who am I addressing, what am I addressing and lastly, have my indigent brothers and sisters actually felt my presence when confronted with a very harsh reality?
I've met a lot of people in my life, until now, and I have a lot of memories too, some of them bring tears in my eyes, some bring a smile on my face, but most of them have taught me to be who I am today - a son, a brother and most of all a human.