Be a Light

Then coming to this pass [Ryōkan] found only one way to go: he made up his mind, to go his own way, that is to say, to pursue the way of truth—the only way a true man can follow, believing that by doing so, he may turn himself into a light, be it ever so little and dim, yet bright enough to urge a helpless traveler to go even a few more steps forward.  
—Misao Kodama and Hikosaku Yanagishima, The Zen Fool: Ryōkan

The governments may control the schools, the  Church, the Press, milliards of rubles and millions  of disciplined men made into machines, but all  that apparently terrible organization of brute  force is nothing before the recognition of the truth  which surges in the soul of each man who knows  its power, and from whom it is communicated  to a second and a third, as one candle can light  an infinite number of others. That light need  only be kindled, and all that seemingly mighty  organization will melt away like wax before the  fire and be consumed.  
—Leo Tolstoy, “Christianity and Patriotism”

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