Birthday of Albert Schweitzer | Naming the Days


“Reverence for all times affords me my elementary precept of morality,” mentioned Albert Schweitzer, a real citizen of the world, born on today in 1875. By 1913, he had grow to be thrice a health care provider — of philosophy, of theology, and of medication.

Schweitzer started his profession as a musician giving organ concert events all through Europe, however after studying accounts of inhumane therapy of African natives by white folks, he determined to work in Africa. In Gabon, he based a mission hospital the place he patiently served the folks. In 1947, Life journal referred to as him “The Best Man within the World,” and our good friend Frederick Franck, an artist and thinker, noticed him as an “exemplar of the actually human.” In 1953, Schweitzer acquired the Nobel Peace Prize. He used the cash to construct a leper colony for individuals who have been rejected by their communities.

It was whereas touring down the Ogowe River in 1915 that he noticed a herd of hippopotamuses and embraced the perfect of “reverence for all times.” It enabled him to broaden his circle of compassion from household, pals, and associates to crops, animals, and all creation. This religious stance wipes away previous divisions and creates pathways of cooperation and empathy. Close to the top of his life, Schweitzer corresponded with world leaders concerning the nuclear arms race and the necessity for world peace. He died in 1965.

To Identify this Day:


  • On Service
    “I do not know what your future will probably be, however one factor I do know. The one ones amongst you who will actually be completely happy are those that have sought and located learn how to serve.”
  • On The Affirmation of Life
    “Affirmation of life is the religious act by which a person ceases to dwell unreflectively and begins to dedicate himself to his life with reverence to be able to increase it to its true worth. To affirm life is to deepen, to make extra inward, and to exalt the need to dwell.”
  • One Large Household
    “You do not dwell in a world on their lonesome. Your brothers are right here too.”
  • The Ethic of Reverence for Life
    “The ethic of Reverence for Life comprehends inside itself every little thing that may be described as love, devotion, and sympathy whether or not in struggling, pleasure, or effort.”
  • On True Pleasure
    “The small quantity you’ll be able to do is definitely a lot if it solely relieves ache, struggling, and concern from any dwelling being be it human or some other creature. The preservation of life is the true pleasure.”


Albert Schweitzer: Known as to Africa, a tribute to this extraordinary humanitarian which blends interviews and reenactments of incidents in his life.


Albert Schweitzer: Important Writings, chosen with an introduction by James Brabazon, gathers supplies from the writings of this gifted visionary.

Non secular Practices

Bowing is a conventional act of reverence. Present your reverence for all times — for an individual or an animal — by making a bodily bow or an interior bow.

For extra assets on the apply of reverence, go to the curated content material in S&P’s Reverence Mission.


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