NYC - October 2008
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Wow. I can’t even count the number of movies I’ve seen that had the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink in it. So it seemed rather huge in the movies, and in real life, was kinda tiny. At least compared to the 70+story buildings surrounding it.
But my favorite part of the visit to Rockefeller Center was standing over the ice rink, facing 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the Prometheus statue, and reading this inscription on the granite slabs there, as written by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.:
“I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.http://www.rockefeller.edu/archive.ctr/jdrjrbio.html
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character — not wealth or power or position— is of supreme worth.
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.”
Wow. I am so moved by these words. I am so glad to see them inscribed somewhere so public, and that one man could express his beliefs so eloquently. And I can basically adopt them ALL for myself as well. :)