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"It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in introducing a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents - who have the laws on their side - and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them."

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) 

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Sustainability & Stewardship

Posted 9/12/2010 5:57pm by Scott.

Sustainability & Stewardship

 These are most strongly and clearly illustrated in the parable of the vineyard.

 The husbandmen imagined that the vineyard in which they were sent to work for their Master was their own, that all that was in it was for them, and that their business was to enjoy life in this vineyard, forgetting the Master and killing all those who reminded them of His existence.

 We have made up our minds that we live only for our own enjoyment, and of course things go ill with us...

 “Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 But we seek for “all these things” and say, “To hell with His kingdom!”

 paraphrased from Leo Tolstoy, The Resurrection, chapter 28 (1899)