Saturday, July 1, 2017

Three quotes, one from Einstein another from Dave -- or brother Glenn -- of Dave's Killer Bread, and the third comes from Orwell

Three quotes came at me and I liked them so much I've determined I must share them.

The first is the beginning of something written by Albert Einstein that comes to me from a short podcast episode from 60-second science.

It goes thus,
Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life. -- Einstein
Einstein was primarily speaking about the treatment of black Americans, just after World War II ended. He knew that black students at Princeton, where Einstein was a resident scholar, were mistreated in ways that reminded him of the continuing troubles of Jews in Europe.

I still hope to find the paper or book where the Einstein quote first appeared.

I did find the book "How to Think Like Einstein" that includes the quote and provides some valuable information.
"How to Think..." dates the quote in 1934, which is, of course before WWII, rather than after it. There is bit more information about Einstein's liberal sympathies with humanity if you click the link, above.
Dave -- or, more likely, his brother Glenn -- has some important things to say on the packaging of the many varieties of Dave's Killer Bread nutritious and delicious bread products.

Here's what the bread wrappers have to say...
15 years in prison.

That's a tough way to find yourself. Dave Dahl realized he was in the wrong game and knew he had more to offer. His brother, Glenn, say a change in him and gave Dave a second chance by welcoming him back to the family bakery. Dave set out to make a loaf like no other -- the most nutritious organic, whole-grain bread -- and the result is what he called killer bread.

Dave's Killer Bread is built on the belief that everyone is capable of greatness. What began as one man's journey has turned into so much more. Today, one-third of the employees at our Oregon bakery have a criminal background, and we have witnessed first-hand how stable employment sparks personal transformation.

While "Housing First" is the framework for improving the lives of homeless people, employment is a vital second step for many. Dave got his job, easily -- from his bro. There are many, many guys and gals who are now homeless in Sacramento who could use work to fully get their lives turned around. I hope employers will give some homeless people opportunities for employment.

This last bit comes from George Orwell's book "Down and Out in Paris and London." It's the last paragraph in chapter 3:
And there is another feeling that is a great consolation in poverty. I believe everyone who has been hard up has experienced it. It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out. You have talked so often of going to the dogsā€”and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it. It takes off a lot of anxiety.

1 Comments:

Blogger Kris Quan said...

Hi Thomas! I love you dedication to homeless community. I have a story you may be interested in writing about. I am launching my own project in partnership with Covenant House. If you'd like to hear more about it, please email me at krisquan11@gmail.com

July 10, 2017 at 12:11 PM  

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