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.
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
-- 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."
man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of
-- 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
-- Bill Blackman
I believe that
we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to
-- 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.
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
what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's
-- 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.
is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had
better get on with it.
work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.
the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future
in the distance, Give yourselves.
all of us should be invovled in our own futures to create a world that our children
will want to live in.
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
-- 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."
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.
realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can
build a better world."
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."
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. |
way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter F. Drucker
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
-- W. E.
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