“SixDegrees.org is about using the idea that we are
all connected to accomplish something good. It is
my hope that Six Degrees will soon be something more
than a game or a gimmick. It will also be a force
for good, by bringing a social conscience to social
pen rather than a lance has been my weapon of offence
and defence; with its point I should prick the civic
conscience and bring into a neglected field men and
women who should act as champions for those afflicted
thousands least able to fight for themselves.
Today social justice represents one of the most serious
challenges to the conscience of the world. The abyss
between those who are within the world 'order' and
those who are excluded is widening day by day. The
use of leading-edge technologies has made it possible
to accumulate wealth in a way that is fantastic but
perverse because it is unjustly distributed. Twenty-percent
of humankind control eighty percent of all means of
life. That fact creates a dangerous imbalance in the
movement of history.
To assert that it is possible to establish peace between
men of different nations is simply to assert that
man, whatever his ethnical background, his race, religious
beliefs, or philosophy, is capable of reason. Two
forces within the individual contribute to the development
of his conscience and of his morality: reason and
is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law
-- Stokely Carmichael
exploitation of women, mass hunger, disregard for
freedom of conscience and for freedom of speech, widespread
and racial discrimination -- all these evils are far
too prevalent to be overlooked.
“While we diminish the stimulant of fear, we must increase
to prisoners the incitements of hope, in proportion
as we extinguish the terrors of the law, we should awaken
and strengthen the control of the conscience.”
Never do anything against conscience even if the state
the Gandhian moment is to be realized, then it must
encompass both concerns with the violence of weapons
and the violence of inequitable structures of domination
and exploitation. Perhaps, unwittingly, the visibility
of this violence due to the globalization of media
coverage, especially TV, will hasten the process by
which the peoples of the world sick from violence
and the suffering entailed, will hasten the awakening
of conscience and commitment needed to carry forward
the struggle for a nonviolent world order. This is
as much as we can hope for at present, but such a
hope will certainly prove vain if we do not also act
to the fullness of our individual and collective capacities
to rid the world of war and violence.
we believe in the vocation of communion and participation
of our people, who day to day awaken to their political
conscience and express their desire for change and
profound democratization of society. A change based
on justice, built with love, and which will bring
us the most anxiously desired fruits of peace.
who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him
is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of
imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of
the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing
the highest respect for law. --
Luther King, Jr
nonviolent approach does not immediately change the
heart of the oppressor. It first does something to
the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It
gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources
of strength and courage that they did not know they
had. Finally it reaches the opponent and so stirs
his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality."
Luther King, Jr.
asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question:
is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular?
But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there
comes a time when one must take a position that is neither
safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it
simply because it is right.
Luther King, Jr.
value of our shared reward will and must be measured
by the joyful peace which will triumph, because the
common humanity that bonds both black and white into
one human race, will have said to each one of us that
we shall all live like the children of paradise. Thus
shall we live, because we will have created a society
which recognizes that all people are born equal, with
each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity,
human rights and good governance. Such a society should
never allow again that there should be prisoners of
conscience nor that any person's human rights should
demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult
sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands
greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect
purity of conscience.
The Interfaith Alliance has to become an ongoing sustaining
and powerful movement whose interest is to prove that
religion has a healing side as well as a killing side,
and that democracy is the consequence of conscience
harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it
is dearness only that gives everything its value.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can
gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.
'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he
whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves
his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
"Out of our first century of national life we evolved
the ethical principle that it was not right or just
that an honest and industrious man should live and
die in misery. He was entitled to some degree of
sympathy and security. Our conscience declared against
the honest workman's becoming a pauper, but our
eyes told us that he very often did."
will our consciences grow so tender that we will
act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience
of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize
the voice of their own conscience usually recognize
also the voice of justice."
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn