"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - What does it mean to you?
The Hollies - "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (1969)
Quotes About Love
1. In the Bible; John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
2. "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle
3. "Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." - Peter Ustinov
4. In the Bible; Romans 13:8
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
5. "Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love." - Francis of Assisi
6. "The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving." - Edwin Louis Cole
Origin of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
Where did this saying really come from? Father Flanagan's Boys' Town is usually attributed with the origin of that famous saying but in fact Father Flanagan borrowed it. According to Wikipedia, variations of this statement have been around since 1884. However, the story of a boy with braces on his leg at Boys' Town is the one most are familiar with. His "brothers" at Boys Town took turns carrying him. There are several statues at Boys' Town showing the boy carrying the other.
You may be familiar with the 1938 version of Boys' Town starring Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan. Fast forward to 1969 the Hollies recorded a song of the same name. The song, like the saying, is timeless. One that reminds us we have an obligation to our brothers. Can we carry our brother? Maybe not literally but yes, figuratively we can carry our brother.
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Who Is Your Brother?
So who is your brother? Is it only your sibling or is it every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth? Anyone with love in their heart will choose the second answer because that is the correct answer. We are all brothers. The video for "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is a perfect example. Young men from all over the country answer the call to serve their Country. They are from different parts of the country, different ages, different upbringings, and different beliefs. Yet, once they are in the military they are brothers. They share everything and look out for each other. The pictures in the video really drive home the point.
So many times you read that the homeless man on the street is your brother or that the prostitute on the corner is your sister. Yes, they are. We are all in this world together, we came in the same way and we'll leave the same way. We are all brothers in God's eyes. if we are brothers in God's eyes why can't we be brothers in our own? There is no selection here. We can't choose not to like the tall man or the fat woman or the skinny child, they are all our brothers.
"I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." -- Maya Angelou. We need to recognize we are all brothers. Every religion teaches brotherly love. Who are we to ignore the teachings handed down to us for generations?
Quotes about brotherhood can be found everywhere, not just in the Bible. "United we stand, divided we fall" is surely a tribute to brotherhood. So look to every man to be your brother. As we look to the future and wish for a better world we can start with our brother and what we can do for him.
This hub was accidentally published before it was finished. My brothers here on HP loved it the way it was so I am leaving it. As I close, I leave you with the thoughts of loving all your brothers!
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