It's crucial to
understand that as a society, we can reorganize. We can reorganize socially, politically,
and economically, and we can reorganize according to our values. -- Rebecca
Viewed with one
disposition, history has so far been a horrible accumulation of oppression and
suffering. Viewed with another disposition, however, history has chronicled humans
discovering their own finer potentials and together mounting heroic offensives
to attain them - against monarchy, feudalism, slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid,
sexual subjugation, second class citizenship, sexism, heterosexism, dictatorship,
one party rule, capitalism, and coordinatorism (calling itself socialism) - and
seeking, in their place, equity, justice, and freedom. The gains humans have made
have been steady and plentiful. Now a major leap is possible. Consistent with
past efforts, we can now attain fully liberatory goals, including, I think, participatory
economics and also alternative structures for polity, culture, and kinship. We
have only to make the effort. -- Michael Albert
"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better
world." -- Muhammad Ali
"If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful
thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever." Kofi
man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of
the world." -- Bernard Baruch
"The power of a movement
lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is
not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. " --
is the ultimate, positive revolution because it gives each and every individual
the power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable
world. -- Bill Blackman
I believe that
we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to
emerge. -- Grace Lee
believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is
beginning to emerge. I think that the calamity, the quagmire of the Iraq war,
the outsourcing of jobs, the drop-out of young people from the education system,
the monstrous growth of the prison-industrial complex, the planetary emergency,
which we are engulfed at the present moment, is demanding that instead of just
complaining about these things, instead of just protesting about these things,
we begin to look for, and hope for, another way of living. And I think that--
that's where the movement-- I-- I see a movement beginning to emerge, 'cause I
see hope beginning to trump despair. -- Grace
When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all
we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined. --
are working to help people become better people; then this will become a better
world." -- Eva
what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's
different. -- Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world
a better place. -- Rosalynn
is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had
better get on with it. -- Rosalynn
work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children. -- Pablo
the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future
in the distance, Give yourselves. -- Carrie
all of us should be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children
will want to live in. -- Harry
that success brings responsibility. It also does not bring immunity to the consequences
of our quickening march towards oblivion. The bottom line is that all of us should
be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children will want to
live in. -- Harry Chapin
all have the potential to move the world, and the world is ready to be moved.
-- Harry Chapin
are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face,
just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education, organization,
action that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators or that lays
the basis for institutional change -- and the kind of commitment that will persist
despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited
successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future." -- Noam
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
-- Scout Cloud Lee
universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and
hell a fable.
-- Charles Caleb Colton (1825)
cannot hope to build a better world without improving the
individuals. To that end each of us must work for his or
her own improvement, and at the same time share a general
responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being
to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."
-- Marie Curie
…So, take what's inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can't
speak for themselves, use bold voices. And make friends and love well, bring art
to this place. And make this world better for the whole human race. -- Jamie
realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can
build a better world." -- Dalai
believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change
such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us
to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world. --
The Dalai Lama
"You are the
people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the
practice of compassion." -- Dalai
Lama (1935 -)
Older, younger, anyone can help. We've learned that our legislators listen, and
people with passionate and thoughtful concerns make a difference every day. We've
had constituents initiate legislation, lobby for it, organize meetings and events,
and, of course, call, mail, e-mail and visit legislators to express their views.
It's really great to see how much difference that individuals can make. --
Plans are only
good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
-- Peter F. Drucker
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is
today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It
is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is
the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the
playtime.” -- W. E.
change comes when people are enabled to use their
thinking and their energy in a new way, using a different
system of thought, different language, and having
fresh visions of the future.
faced with world problems – like hunger, overpopulation,
nuclear weapons, the arms trade – you may be among those
who are overwhelmed by a feeling of “Help! What on earth
can I, just one person, do about this?” Take heart. That’s
a sane response. It’s the basis for a whole new attitude
to world problems, where change at the level of the individual
is more and more recognised as essential to change in huge
reports can overwhelm us. We can be appalled, we can
sympathise. But what is hard to grasp is the sense
that, at this moment, people are working, organising
- not just at an executive level, but on the floor,
in the warehouse. A man is packing a box of oral rehydration
tablets; maternity kits are being prepared; education
kits are being packed. And somewhere, tomorrow, those
boxes will be unpacked and a child with life-threatening
diarrhoea will be saved, a baby will be born in more
hygienic circumstances, a girl will receive her first
exercise book and her first pencil.”
who think cannot but see there is a sanction like
that of religion which binds us in partnership in
the serious work of the world.
also learn that this country and the Western world have
no monopoly of goodness and truth and scholarship, we begin
to appreciate the ingredients that are indispensable to
making a better world. In a life of learning that is, perhaps,
the greatest lesson of all."
-- John Hope Franklin
"You never change the existing reality by fighting
it. Instead, create a new model that makes the old
"I better quit my talking 'cause I told you all I
know But please remember, pardner, wherever you may
go The people are building a peaceful world, and when
the job is done, That'll be the biggest thing that
man has ever done."
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-- Edward Everett Hale
man of one, only pebbles can be moved, but many men together,
stands no mountain that can't move.
-- Robert M. Hensel
cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore
the fact that millions of people are out there suffering.
I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently
from other people. I think we all want justice and
equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of
us would like to believe that if we were in a bad
situation someone would help us."
the people want is very simple. They want an America
as good as its promise."
long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is
my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they
were great and noble. The world is moved along, not
only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by
the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
will have the greatness to bend history itself, but
each of us can work to change a small portion of events,
and in the total of all those acts will be written the
history of this generation."
do believe there is enormous possibility to change
see all these things that make you feel desperate
or sad, but you realize changes can be made, and it
doesn't take a lot of money on our part to make a
change in people's lives."
needs to be a shift in consciousness; there needs to
be an absolute wake-up call before society can actually
make the kind of incredibly significant changes that
need to happen. --
can work together for a better world with men and
women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic
goodness of humankind."
one of us can make a contribution. And quite often
we are looking for the big things and forget that,
wherever we are, we can make a contribution... just
imagine what's happening if there are billions of
people out there doing something. Just imagine the
power of what we can do."
"I fear the future I wish for my children is at risk,
so I'm taking action. Please join me... " --
think that the celebrity is a really important thing,
because we have the voice that's recognizable, that
can educate people to make a difference and empower
them to make a difference, and to also get things
in motion with the people in charge that can effect
lot of political people, especially people on the left,
have forgotten the importance of humor as an incredible
weapon, and a vehicle through which to affect change.
less than a century we experienced great movement.
The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil
rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity
movement! The women's movement! The disability movement!
The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement!
The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation!
Is there any reason to believe we are done?
Our generation has the ability and the responsibility
to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful,
stable and peaceful place.
Social networking is playing a huge role in creating
awareness and mobilizing support for all kinds of
common interests. What better way to use this remarkable
tool than to change the world?
Our generation has the ability and the responsibility
to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful,
stable and peaceful place.
are born, we grow up, we live our lives as best we
can. If we are thoughtful we are good parents and
good partners. If we are wise we strive for integrity
and intimacy. If we are fortunate we discover love
and joy. If we are able, we make the world a little
better than we found it."
have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction
that there is a better life, a better world, beyond
country will not be a good place for any of us to live
in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live
must believe that you can help bring about a better
world. A good society is produced only by good individuals,
just as truly as a majority in a presidential election
is produced by the votes of single electors." -- Bertrand
struggle to create a nation and world of economic
and social justice and environmental sanity is not
an easy one. The struggle to try and create a more
peaceful world will be extremely difficult. But this
I know: despair is not an option if we care about
our kids and grandchildren. Giving up is not an option
if we want to prevent irreparable harm to our planet."
all of the forces that make for a better world, none is
so indispensable, none so powerful as hope"
-- Charles Sawyer
Some men see things the way they are and ask, "Why?"
I dream things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
can make little choices that can change the world
to be a better, happier, lovelier place every day
It's important to see what we can do to make a difference,
but it's more important to me to do it every single
only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you're going
to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and
lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you
-- I.F. Stone, journalist
I want a different world. One where I don’t wake up
thinking I’m so lucky to be able to feed my daughter,
and able to give people a clean drink of water. I don’t
want images of starving babies at the breast in my mind.
I want that to change. And if I want that, I had better
do something about it.
must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which
the eternal dignity of man is respected."
-- Harry S. Truman
satisfaction comes from my commitment to advancing a
trying to show by my actions that you can make a far
better world if you just care enough. That's all you
have to do. It's no big deal. One act of kindness
a day can do it.
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas
can change the world.”