Benefits of Art – Quotes

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Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers.  They’re remembered by their art.  (Eli Broad)

The arts and humanities are vastly more important in troubled times.  (Jim Leach)

There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.  (Julie Taymor)

Rabid – A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

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This book is unique, because it takes an in-depth look at rabies and how the virus influenced human history and our culture.

There is a historical section that describes treatments used in the middle ages.  The infected person would have the wound cauterized and blood would be drained from their bodies.  Various herbs and spices were also used in an attempt to purify the body.

Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine that could save victims if administered before they showed signs of the disease.  However, some physicians of that time did not believe in germ theory and felt the vaccine was dangerous or would be ineffective.

There is another section that explains how the virus is transmitted and how it kills the victim.  It also talks about the viruses ability to spread quickly within a geographical region and which animals are most likely to be carriers of the virus.

The final section of the book discusses how rabies has influence our culture.  Victims of the rabies virus displayed shocking symptoms, which influenced the folklore and helped develop stories about werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

Rabies also played a role in popular literature and in movies, for example:  Cugo, The Rage, and Old Yellower.

I enjoyed the book, because it was informative and I learned a great deal about the rabies virus.  I was also impressed by how much this virus influenced culture, literature, folklore, and movies.

Workers Wanted (Matthew 9:14-38)

In this section of scripture, we read about how Jesus healed a woman that suffered for twelve years with a discharge of blood, restored a girl to life, healed two blind men, healed a man unable to speak, taught in the synagogues, and proclaimed the gospel.  We also learn Jesus felt compassion for the crowds, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.

The section ends with Jesus saying, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)

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There is so much suffering in the world, it’s easy for me to get discouraged and feel like I can never make a difference.  However, I can do my best to help those in my sphere of influence and pray for God to send help to those I will never encounter.

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I can’t bring peace to the world, but I can promote peace in my home.

I can’t stop the destruction of our planet, but I can change my behavior to promote cleanliness and responsible consumption.

I can’t feed all the hungry people in the world, but I can help my local food bank.

I can’t talk to everyone I encounter and ask them what they need, but I can hold the door open, give a complement, or do other acts of kindness that will brighten their day.

To sum it up:  I can’t do everything, but I can do something.