must change our lives, so that it will be possible
to live by the contrary assumption that what is good
for the world will be good for us. And that requires
that we make the effort to know the world and to learn
what is good for it. We must learn to cooperate in
its processes, and to yield to its limits. But even
more important, we must learn to acknowledge that
the creation is full of mystery; we will never entirely
understand it. We must abandon arrogance and stand
in awe. We must recover the sense of the majesty of
creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its
presence. For I do not doubt that it is only on the
condition of humility and reverence before the world
that our species will be able to remain in it.
is hardly a study in the entire literature which fails
to demonstrate that satisfaction in work is enhanced
or that other generally acknowledged beneficial consequences
accrue from a genuine increase in workers' decision-making
power. Such consistency of findings, I admit is rare
in social research
-- Paul Blumberg
acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears
about disability and disease
are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that
flow from actual impairment.”
-- William J. Brennan, Jr.
I feel we are so blessed to live in a country where
we enjoy so many rights that other countries cannot
even begin to imagine. However, it terrifies me that
we seem to have lost touch with our connection to the
earth. I am concerned that we have risen to such heights
of arrogance in our refusal to acknowledge that our
earth is rapidly changing in ways that might affect
us catastrophically but instead, we hold steadfast to
our belief that nothing can happen to us as a people.
doesn't recognize east or west; democracy is simply
people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that
there are various models of democracy; there is just
forgive is to set yourself free, to acknowledge that it
does no good to hate.
Hate really, really destroys both the other person and yourself.
hat realization is what I think taught me about forgiveness,
and so I try to live by it."
--Ruby Bridges Hall
for approval and recognition is a healthy motive,
but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger,
or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow
scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological
adjustment, which may become injurious for the individual
and for the community.
organizing for political rights will probably be treated
initially with ridicule and derision, and then with
misunderstanding and perhaps eventually violence if
the experience of the struggle for women's suffrage
is any precedent. Undoubtedly the greatest obstacle
to be overcome is the adult refusal to acknowledge that
children suffer political discrimination and exclusion.
Adults do not perceive children as a minority group
but as helpless, inexperienced, defenseless young people
who need protection. Adult paternalism seeks to protect
and if in this process it curtails freedom, truncates
potential and destroys civil liberties this is taken
to be incidental. The belief in the legitimacy of paternalism
justifies and cements the existing power relationships
between adults and young people. This attitude must
be confronted, challenged and refuted if young people
are to secure their political rights..."
-- Bob Franklin "The Rights of Children"
brings us together – across generation, class, and often
in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence,
in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that ‘we are caught
in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied to a single garment of destiny.’
In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the
but unfinished drama of reinventing community,
while reaffirming that there is an important role for each
of us in it.
-- Marc Freedman
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December
1948) in most solemn form, the dignity of a person
is acknowledged to all human beings; and as a consequence
there is proclaimed, as a fundamental right, the right
of free movement in search for truth and in the attainment
of moral good and of justice, and also the right to
a dignified life.
-- Pope John XXIII, 1881-1963 Pacem in Terris, 1963
that you failed, draw your lessons from it,
and use it to your advantage to make sure it never
-- Michael Johnson
we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each
act is an act of choice and therefore sacred,
then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment.
When we live at this level, we participate in the creation
of a better world."
-- Scout Cloud Lee
need to build millions of little moments of caring
on an individual level. Indeed, as talk of a politics
of meaning becomes more widespread, many people will
feel it easier to publicly acknowledge their own spiritual
and ethical aspirations and will allow themselves
to give more space to their highest vision in their
personal interactions with others. A politics of meaning
is as much about these millions of small acts as it
is about any larger change. The two necessarily go
hand in hand.
am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge
no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or
as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
here lies the corner stone of all the injustices done
woman, the wrong idea from which all other wrongs
proceed. She is not acknowledged as mistress of herself.
For her cradle to her grave she is another's. We do
indeed need and demand the other rights of which I
have spoken, but let us first obtain OURSELVES."
an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge
his dignity as a human being,
his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” -- Bayard
we acknowledge the kingdom of the self,
we will no longer accept slavery either for ourselves or
for others, no matter how it is disguised.
-- Gerry L. Spence
I want to remind people that in the Indigenous Traditions,
women are very important. Not because we are told
we are important but because we know that since forever
and always, we have had the power and the capacity
to give birth, raise women and men and to take care
of the earth. It is today that I thusly give celebration
to all the women on Earth. I would like to ask my
sisters to give up the thoughts and actions of the
word victim. We are no longer Victims & We are strong!
I would like to address an acknowledgement to each
woman here today. We have the power and that power
is rising. Use it to preserve, teach, share, and raise
our voices, to save our children, our planet, our
people, and our earth mother. Don't share the things
that have hurt us but share what can save us. Turn
our scars into Stars! Come together and reclaim what
is inherently ours, the power to bring forth nurturing
Peace! May Peace Prevail!"