A New Year’s Resolution Beyond Losing Weight

The Writer’s Almanac reported that last Sunday was the birthday of cellist and conductor Pablo Casals, born in 1876 in Vendrell, Spain. The Almanac gives a brief bio of Casals’ life; “He made his career as a cellist in Spain in the early 20th century but was forced to move to France in 1936 because he was opposed to fascism. He returned to Spain after the Civil War of 1936-39, but he retired in 1946 as a protest against Franco’s regime in Spain. While he returned to recording and conducting in 1950, he remained an active campaigner for peace all his life.” It is what Casals says, however that is most striking, “Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.”