"We can never get a
re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense
-- Patch Adams
good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for
all of us and incorporated into our common life. -- Jane
labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital
in helping to build a more robust global community. -- Kofi
an age where community involvement and partnerships with civil society are increasingly
being recognized as indispensable, there is clearly a growing potential for cooperative
development and renewal worldwide. -- Kofi
exist for the sake of one another. Teach them then or bear with them. -- Marcus
an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community”
-- St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
man not only needs to know how to fish, he needs to have the freedom to do it
and a place to do it. That's where community comes in. We have to help each other,
and we feel government has a very important role therein. -- Bill
the world community develops in peace, it will open up great untapped reservoirs
in human nature. --
Emily Greene Balch
community is a group of people who have come together, and they work and they
live to try and improve the standard of living and quality of life - and I don't
mean money. -- William
has not only lost its promise but is embittering many. The forces representing
human solidarity and community have no choice but to step in quickly to convince
the disenchanted masses that, as the banner of the World Social Forum in Porto
Alegre proclaims, 'Another world is possible!' -- Dr.Walden
is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is
the interest of the individual” -- Jeremy Bentham ( Philosopher 1748-1832)
natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated
from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage
this community is to diminish our own existence." ~ Thomas
me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk
the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength
to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
-- Black Elk, (1863-1950)
can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens
or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems,
not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
-- Grace Lee Boggs
can build an economy that does not destroy its natural support systems, a global
community where the basic needs of all the Earth’s people are satisfied, and a
world that will allow us to think of ourselves as civilized. This is entirely
doable. -- Lester
does one keep from "growing old inside"? Surely only in
community. The only way to make friends with time is to
stay friends with people…. Taking community seriously
not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves
us of the notion that we are indispensable.
-- Robert McAfee Brown
person who tries to live alone will not succeed
as a human being. His heart withers if it does not
answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he
hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds
no other inspiration
life I touch for good or ill will touch another life,
and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling
stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
-- Frederick Buechner
Surplus wealth is a sacred
trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good
of the community.
~ Andrew Carnegie
part of the human community can live entirely on its own planet, with its own
laws of motion and cut off from the rest of humanity. -- Hugo Chavez
were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human
race. -- Cicero
mission in this new century is clear. For good or ill, we live in an interdependent
world. We can't escape each other. Therefore, we have to spend our lives building
a global community of shared responsibilities, shared values, shared benefits.
~ Bill Clinton
create an integrated global community where we have shared benefits and responsibilities,
and we don't fight because of our differences. ~ Bill
old emphasis upon superficial differences that separate peoples must give way
to education for citizenship in the human community. -- Norman
new education must be less concerned with sophistication than compassion. It must
recognize the hazards of tribalism. It must teach man the most difficult lesson
of all—to look at someone anywhere in the world and be able to see the image of
himself. The old emphasis upon superficial differences that separate peoples must
give way to education for citizenship in the human community. With such an education
and with such self-understanding, it is possible that some nation or people may
come forward with the vital inspiration that men need no less than food. Leadership
on this higher level does not require mountains of gold or thundering propaganda.
It is concerned with human destiny. Human destiny is the issue. People will respond."
-- Norman Cousins
we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community
is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities."
have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution
is love and that love comes with community. -- Dorothy
Years ago I
recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was
not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that
while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I
am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. -- Eugene
Now my friends, I am
opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the
natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself
comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the
barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business
on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the
ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your
fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my brother's
keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory
to civilized society. Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation
to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty
I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a
table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow
beings starving to death. -- Eugene
V. Debs, 1908
is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication....
Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience
to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own
attitude toward your experience changing.
-- John Dewey
man is an island... -- John Donne
man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind -- John Donne
think it is important that people who are perceived
as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral
and community values.
challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense
of community that we need to make our nation a better
place, just as we make it a safer place.
am local, rural, communal. And I find that the whole
world is a community. We have made progress in asserting
our local community rights globally. We shall continue
to do so."
all my heart I believe that the world's present
system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism,
war and inhumanity, and that only world law can
assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community."
task must be to free ourselves... by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe,"
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings as something separated from
the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting
us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely,
but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part
of the liberation and a foundation for inner security
world of ours... must avoid becoming a community
of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud
confederation of mutual trust and respect.
do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult
for each other?
-- George Eliot
We now have a global community that calculates how
to maximize the benefits for a few at the expense
of the majority
world is a giant community now. This excuse of distance,
time, doesn’t work...We’re all so connected. We
can’t spend every second of our lives worrying about
another family miles away but we somehow have to
factor it in where we can.
a community to be whole and healthy, it must be
based on people's love and concern for each other.”
Nothing can be defined or derided on the basis of
its origin. The important thing is what is done with
it and how far a community identifies with something
that symbolizes its favourite way of dreaming, living,
dancing, playing or loving. This is the positive side
of the world: a constant intermingling that produces
new responses to new challenges. But because of forced
globalization, there’s a clear trend these days towards
uniformity. This trend comes largely from the ever-greater
concentration of power in the hands of large media
have an obligation to ensure that donors do not
become isolated from the needs of the public and
people and the average community can change the
world. You can do it just based on common sense,
determination, persistence and patience."
first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional
relationship to society -- more briefly, to find your
real job, and do it.
-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
community organization, whether it's a women's organization,
or fighting for racial justice … you will get satisfaction
out of doing something to give back to the community
that you never get in any other way.”
United States is subject to the scrutiny of a candid
world ... what the United States does, for good
or for ill, continues to be watched by the international
community, in particular by organizations concerned
with the advancement of the rule of law and respect
for human dignity.
politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the
only politics I am willing to devote myself to --
is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving
the community and serving those who will come after
us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility
expressed through action, to and for the whole.
individual has a place to fill in the world and is important
in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne
We can dream together a dream of a better world,
an ever-renewing, organic-based earth-community.
I believe we can achieve a large part of it in our
community service, we would not have a strong quality
of life. It's important to the person who serves as
well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves
grow and develop.”
impersonal hand of government can never replace
the helping hand of a neighbor.
world community can only exist with world communication,
which means something more than extensive software
facilities scattered about he globe. It means common
understanding, a common tradition, common idea's and
Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)
community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared
to take the helm.”
-- Henrik Ibsen
people, land, and community are as one, all three
members prosper; when they relate not as members
but as competing interests, all three are exploited.
By consulting Nature as the source and measure of
that membership, The Land Institute seeks to develop
an agriculture that will save soil from being lost
or poisoned while promoting a community life at
once prosperous and enduring."
the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier
because neighbors were so few, it is even more important
now because our neighbors are so many.
-- Lady Bird Johnson
American city should be a collection of communities where
every member has a right to belong. It should be a place
where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house
of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's
dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect
and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where
each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which
comes from being a member of the community of man. This
is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is
what we seek today.
-- Lyndon B. Johnson
do we create a harmonious society out of so many
kinds of people? The key is tolerance -- the one
value that is indispensable in creating community.
must address and master the future together. It
can be done if we restore the belief that we share
a sense of national community, that we share a common
national endeavor. It can be done.
have words for racism and sexism, but wealth discrimination
isn’t fully recognized. It is a bias in favor
of the wealthy and against labor, the environment,
and the community. Concern for the public good
must become the animating force of our economic
peace, like community peace, does not require that
each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that
they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting
their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement."
am in favor of increased communication and cooperation
between countries, but it is more important that
each country becomes responsible for its own actions,
its own communities, its own economies, before starting
to integrate in large regional or global supranational
is not just the absence of war, it is the active
presence of a capacity for love and compassion,
and reciprocity. It is an awareness that our lives
are not to be lived simply for ourselves through
expressing our individuality, but we confirm the
purpose of our lives through the work of expressing
our shared sense of community in a purposeful and
practical way; to sustain our own lives we sustain
the lives of others - in family, in a community
of neighborhoods called a city, and in a community
of nations called the world.
cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when one
lifetime is joined to another.
-- Harold Kushner
is a community theory of society which is founded
on economic, spiritual, and biological facts. It
maintains that respect for a healthy development
of human society and of world civilization requires
that mankind be organized internationally. Nationalities
should form the constitutive links in a great world
alliance, and must be guaranteed an independent
life in the realm of the spiritual and for locally
delimited tasks, while economic and political objectives
must be guided internationally in a spirit of peaceful
cooperation for the promotion of mankind's common
interests. -- Christian
we stand on a bridge leading from the territorial
state to the world community. Politically, we are
still governed by the concept of the territorial
state; economically and technically, we live under
the auspices of worldwide communications and worldwide
also believe that it's almost impossible for people
to change alone. We need to join with others who
will push us in our thinking and challenge us to
do things we didn't believe ourselves capable of.
an extraordinary time to be alive. We’re the first
people on our planet to have real choice: we can
continue killing each other, wiping out other species,
spoiling our nest. Yet on every continent a revolution
in human dignity is emerging. It is re-knitting
community and our ties to the earth. So we do have
a choice. We can choose death; or we can choose
thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity,
stability and beauty of the biotic community. It
is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
Leopold (American ecologist, 1887-1948)
abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging
to us. When we see land as a community to which
we belong, we may begin to use it with love and
land is a community is the basic concept of ecology,
but that land is to be loved and respected is an
extension of ethics.
have come a long way in America because of Martin
Luther King, Jr. He led a disciplined, nonviolent
revolution under the rule of law, a revolution of
values, a revolution of ideas. We’ve come a long
way, but we still have a distance to go before all
of our citizens embrace the idea of a truly interracial
democracy, what I like to call the Beloved Community,
a nation at peace with itself.
common wish of the international community is for
peace instead of war.”
us at all times remember that all American citizens
are brothers of a common country, and should dwell
together in bonds of fraternal feeling."
strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family
relation should be one uniting working people of
all nations and tongues and kindreds.
Peoples have always believed that peace is central
to human security and all life forms that exist
in a community, a nation, Mother Earth and the universe…
of us is a being in himself and a being in society, each
of us needs to understand himself and understand others,
take care of others and be taken care of himself.
-- Haniel Long
with so little we have done so much in Brazil, imagine
what could have been done on a global scale, if
the fight against hunger and poverty were a real
priority for the international community.
Lula da Silva
engage human energy, human skill, and human talent
in the service of peace, for the alternative is unthinkable
- war, destruction, and desolation; and to build a
world community which will stand as a lasting monument
to the millions of men and women, to such devoted
and distinguished world citizens and fighters for
peace as the late Dag Hammarskjold, who have given
their lives that we may live in happiness and peace…
Albert John Lutuli
enable consensus politics to develop we need to empower
people where they live. This means devolving financial
resources and political power down to the community
level. One of the greatest blocks to movement is fear.
This fear can only be removed when people feel their
voices are being heard by government and when they
have a say in their own lives and communities.
society, all government, and every kind of civil
compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated
for the general good and safety of the community.
need artists to help us come together and share our
voices and build community around powerful issues
concerning our roles in the world and our planet’s
survival. Compassion must be translated into action.”
is as endangered by surplus as it is by deficit.
If there is too much money floating around it enables
people to have no need of each other.
doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
thing that ever has.
cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect
us with our fellow men.
-- Herman Melville
want to govern with our indigenous ancestors' models:
That means a different concept of participation,
community work and honesty...
the life that no longer trust another human being and
no longer forms ties to the political community is not
a human life any longer.
-- Martha Nussbaum
poverty is a disease that infects the entire community
in the form of unemployment and violence, failing
schools and broken homes, then we can't just treat
those symptoms in isolation . We have to heal that
"Leave the old and dying America and use your creative
energies to help form a new America, which would
be demilitarized, more humanistic, where the police
are less hostile and closer to the community, where
the wealthy are not given unleashed power for the
exploitation of the people, and mostly because it's
now a matter of life and death, reassert an ecological
balance with the environment, which means the people
in the oil companies and the car companies and the
space industry will have to be brought into account,
so there will be a new definition of government
which has to be closer to the people and less close
to special interests which are far more harmful
that any revolutionaries.
don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and
whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of
one's life and all the weavings of individual threads
from one to another that creates something.
-- Sandra Day O'Connor
are privileged to have the opportunity of contributing
to the achievement of the goal of the abolition of
war and its replacement by world law. I am confident
that we shall succeed in this great task; that the
world community will thereby be freed not only from
the suffering caused by war but also through the better
use of the earth's resources, of the discoveries of
scientists, and of the efforts of mankind, from hunger,
disease, illiteracy, and fear; and that we shall in
the course of time be enabled to build a world characterized
by economic, political, and social justice for all
human beings and a culture worthy of man's intelligence.
can be no vulnerability without risk; there can
be no community without vulnerability; there can
be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.
is our task—our essential, central, crucial task—to
transform ourselves from mere social creatures into
is our task—our essential, central, crucial task—to transform
ourselves from mere social creatures into community creatures."
Although the act of nurturing another's spiritual growth
has the effect of nurturing one's own, a major characteristic
of genuine love is that the distinction between oneself
and the other is always maintained and preserved.
together is an art.
-- William Pickens
try to be a welcoming community for people who are
left out in our society. We help people heal and
become who God is calling them to be."
community is democratic only when the humblest and
weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic,
and social rights that the biggest and most powerful
want to work for a company that contributes to and
is part of the community. I want something not just
to invest in. I want something to believe in."
strength of collective decision making and political
responsibility is not only a question of recognizing
other people's ability. It is also recognizing one's
every country, we should be teaching our children
the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of
Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility
and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that
we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all
that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.
you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk
to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars,
to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in
life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life
meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of
each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
-- Mitsugi Saotome
a time when everything seems so out of control and
the people you've elected are bogus and there's
so much random violence and hatred, it fills you
with such hope and admiration to even be part for
a short time in a community where people have connected
to strangers to try to put out a hand.
everyone a part of everyone else?
-- Budd Schulberg,
am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community,
and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for
it whatever I can."
middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on
one another, every soul of us on earth.
our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society,
it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone.
Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering
role that community can bring to our lives. The
sense of belonging we feel when we make the time
to take an active role in our communities can give
us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
not a politician. I only want to help relieve the
suffering in communities, and I want to help people
see their community in each other.
work is at the heart of the search for dignity
for the individual, stability for the family and
peace in the community
means strength that joins our strength to do the
work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when
we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free.
healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror
of each soul the whole community finds its reflection,
and when in the whole community the virtue of each
one is living”
a community of human beings working together, the
well-being of the community will be the greater,
the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds
of the work he has himself done; i.e., the more
of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers,
and the more his own requirements are satisfied,
not out of his own work done, but out of work done
by the others.”
am a part of all that I have met.
-- Lord Tennyson
are not giant statues framed against a red sky.
They are people who say: This is my community, and
it is my responsibility to make it better. Interweave
all these communities and you really have an America
that is back on its feet again. I really think we
are gonna have to reassess what constitutes a 'hero'."
cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with
the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered
-- Howard Thurman (American Theologian, 1900-1981)
shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing
back. People complain about their taxes, yet they
do nothing for the community.
universal brotherhood of man is our most precious
should young people do with their lives today? Many things,
obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable
communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness
can be cured.”
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a
community responsibly is the center of an education."
believe that every child in this world needs to
have a relationship with the land...to know how
to nourish themselves...and to know how to connect
with the community around them."
love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply
means being able to say, "What are you going through?"
free citizens in a political democracy, we have
a responsibility to be interested and involved in
the affairs of the human community, be it at the
local or the global level.
is no power for change greater than a community
discovering what it cares about."
are all there is. Everything in the universe only
exists because it is in relationship to everything
else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop
pretending we are individuals that can go it alone
man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but
for neglecting his neighbor's.
-- Richard Whately
is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first
century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted,
the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is
expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing
meaning to a community in which all members will define
themselves not by their own identity but by that of
still have great faith in democracy. I have great
belief in the power of community.
shows us the limit of our imagination. Imaginations
shared create collaboration, collaboration creates
community, and community inspires social change.
have to speak out now on behalf of our community
and on behalf of the land and say they're the same
thing and say "No, we are not rolling over" and
"No, this is not a corporate enterprise." This is
democracy in the fullest sense and we must have
regard and reverence and those are the cornerstones
of a just society.
every community there is work to be done. In every
nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart
there is the power to do it.
every community there is work to be done. In every
nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there
is the power to do it.
must be, not a balance of power, but a community
of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized
peace. -- Woodrow
of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense
of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place
-- Virginia Woolf
I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities,
I also see the enormous potential and readiness
for transformation and rebirth. We are creating
an art form that comes from the heart and reflects
the pain and sorrow of people's lives. It also expresses
joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation
of building a genuine community in which people
are reconnected with their families, sustained by
meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other
and will together raise and educate their children.
Then we witness social change in action.”