"...as long as we have nuclear weapons on this
earth, one could claim that no real life is actually
thriving on the earth. We do not have life actualizing
its fullest potential as long as there are nuclear
word we speak and every action we make has the potential
to change the direction of a relationship. Every moment
is an opportunity to build bonds for a better world.
The key is to be able to step back and monitor the
things we say and do.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
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
the economy I want workers and consumers to have control
over their own economic lives. I want everyone to
have fair conditions that fully utilize their talents
and potentials. I want incomes that accord with the
efforts people expend in their labors. I want what
is produced, by whom, under what conditions, and with
who consuming the result--all determined in accord
with enhancing human well-being and development and
all decided by the people involved and affected. I
want an end to hierarchies of power and wealth and
to class division with most actors subordinated to
an elite few. To accomplish all these ends I favor
the institutions of participatory economics -- worker
and consumer councils, remuneration for effort and
sacrifice, balanced job complexes, and participatory
planning. If someone should demonstrate that those
institutions somehow fail to accomplish necessary
economic functions or have social or personal by-products
that outweigh their benefits -- I would simply return
to the drawing board. Exploitation, alienation, poverty,
disempowerment, fragmenting and debilitating labor,
production for the profit of a few -- much less harsh
homelessness, starvation, and degradation -- are not
like gravity. They arise from institutional relations
established by human beings. New institutions, also
established by human beings, can generate other vastly
superior outcomes. Defining and working to attain
those new institutions ought to be our economic agenda.
-- Michael Albert
isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born
with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice
any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind,
true, merciful, generous, or honest.
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.
is, finally, the road to human progress and the
means through which every man, woman and child can
realize his or her full potential."
right to development is the measure of the respect
of all other human rights.That should be our aim:
a situation in which all individuals are enabled
to maximize their potential, and to contribute to
the evolution of society as a whole. -- Kofi
would do well to ask themselves how many of their ambitions
and aspirations derive from the type of economic system
they inhabit and the insecurity and exhaustion it creates,
and question the sense and purpose of a society where
control of a large portion of life is abdicated under
contract in the labour market, and where immense creativity
and potential is stifled by the need to do difficult
and repetitive tasks in order to earn a wage."
-- Tony Benn
"I call on all scientists in all countries to
cease and desist from work creating, developing, improving
and manufacturing further nuclear weapons - and, for
that matter, other weapons of potential mass destruction
such as chemical and biological weapons."
have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must
have the courage to change old ideas and practices
so that we may direct their power toward good ends."
these disturbing and distressing times, surely it's
cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out of potential
enemies than it is to defend yourself against them..Justice
is the surest way to get peace.
"The role of the market place is to be an instrument
of environmental change and policy making. We are
all consumers with a great potential for change. Environmental
protection begins at home."
Brown, Former Director of the UN Environmental
globalization is to realise its potential as a force
for good, we have to look more closely at the means
by which we handle our growing interdependence. We
do not have a world government, but we do have an
increasingly complex network of institutions that
are concerned with global governance. They are central
to our future and international human rights law,
often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the
smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
-- Leo Buscaglia
all have the potential to move the world, and the
world is ready to be moved.
can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty,
hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance and
hatred - when women and men can realize their highest
potential and live a secure and fulfilling life. Until
then, each and every one of us would have to contribute
- collectively and individually - to build peace through
realization of one's own potential and self-confidence
in one's ability, one can build a better world."
is today the most vital and potential power this planet
has ever known, and its historic mission is as certain
of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun.
the important progress underway, much work remains
to be done in terms of recognizing and harnessing
the full potential of volunteerism for development.
It is indeed events like International Volunteer Day
that help to highlight the impact volunteers are having
in every region."
-- Ad de Raad, Executive Coordinator, United Nations
Volunteers (UNV) programme
of us can continue to grow, develop and perform at
our highest potential without hope. Hope for success,
hope for recognition and reward and most importantly,
hope that indeed we can make a difference in the long-term
outcome. Hope supplies the essential fuel that enables
the human spirit to continue moving forward, especially
in the face of severe adversity.
-- John Di Frances
“It is often by a trivial, even an anecdotal decision,
that we direct our activities into a certain channel,
and thus determine which of the potential expressions
of our individuality become manifest. Usually we know
nothing of the ultimate orientation or of the outlet
toward which we travel, and the stream sweeps us to
a formula of life from which there is no returning.
Every decision is like a murder, and our march forward
is over the stillborn bodies of all our possible selves
that will never be.”
the councils of government, we must guard against
the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether
sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of displaced
power exists and will persist."
right to freedom of expression is justified first of
all as the right of an individual purely in his capacity
as an individual. It derives from the widely accepted
premise of Western thought that the proper end of man
is the realization of his character and potentialities
as a human being.
-- Thomas I. Emerson
should know that only replacing the economics of competition
and greed with the economics of equitable cooperation
will guarantee a globalization that takes advantage
of potential efficiency gains in ways that also promote
environmental protection, international equity, economic
democracy, and variety.
-- Robin Hahnel
love the idea that biodiesel has the potential to
support farmers, especially the family farms.
has always been a longing in the human heart for a
more just, free, loving and creative society. But
it was never before possible to fulfill these aspirations,
because we had neither the evolutionary drivers and
global crises to force us to change, nor did we have
the scientific and technological powers that can free
us from the limitations of scarcity, poverty, disease,
and ignorance. This is the time of awakening for the
social potential movement. -- Barbara
social potential movement is on the threshold of a
mass awakening, seeking to carry into society what
individuals have learned spiritually and personally.
A truly free society must not include a "peace" which
oppresses us. We must learn on our own terms what
peace and freedom mean together. There can be no peace
if there is social injustice and suppression of human
rights, because external and internal peace are inseparable.
Peace is not just the absence of mass destruction,
but a positive internal and external condition in
which people are free so that they can grow to their
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every
man, in every child is the potential for greatness.
felt my country should do more for its children. Its
children are not born gangsters. In fact, they have
in them the potential to be heroes because most of
the kids who are in these gangs are leaders, very
charismatic and good organizers."
tend to focus on the here and now. The problem is
that, once global warming is something that most people
can feel in the course of their daily lives, it will
be too late to prevent much larger, potentially catastrophic
-- Elizabeth Kolbert
is a hidden epidemic threatening the lives of millions
of Americans...hunger. In this land of plenty, it
is unthinkable that fellow citizens are going hungry.
Included among these millions are children who, due
to malnourishment, are not developing to their full
potential intellectually, emotionally or behaviorally.
The fortunate must provide for the unfortunate...
-- Swoosie Kurtz
message today is one of hope. It is about potential
waiting to be fulfilled: the surest way to meet the
global challenges we face now and in the future is to
make every mother and child count.
LEE Jong-wook, WHO Secretary-General
one common undertaking and universal instrument of the
great majority of the human race is the United Nations.
A patient, constructive long-term use of its potentialities
can bring a real and secure peace to the world.
see nuclear weapons as the ultimate evil, not just
evil, but the ultimate evil with the potential to
make life unlivable on this planet.
we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting
values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human
potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social
fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a
my mind, the purpose of education is to enable human
beings to develop to their full potential, intellectually
and spiritually. That means that students have to
be empowered to pursue self-knowledge and the skills
that will help them be of service to their fellow
human beings. Education should encourage people to
develop their curiosity about life; above all, it
should not trivialize either the students or their
only true and lasting security is the one that concerns
itself with the protection of people,
their welfare no less than their opportunity to lead healthy
and productive lives
in an environment that encourages them to attain their full
potential as human beings. "
-- Wally N'Dow
offers the possibility of two types of peace: peace of mind
the potential healing of old emotional wounds, and peace
with others --
the possibility of new, more gratifying relationships in
-- Kenneth I. Pargament & Mark S. Rye
most parents in the US, they are trying, with a little
help from UNICEF, to do the best they can to help
their children reach their full potential...
the vision of the spiritual nature of man and the
universe brings the conviction that the human potential
is unlimited and that we stand at the threshold over
which a quantum leap in consciousness is possible.
is a virtual, mute, sustained victory of potential powers
against probable greeds
-- Paul Valery
women have the same capacity and potential for power
to allow us to be participants in our own destiny.”
There can be no lasting peace, no security, nor can
we as human beings begin to touch our full potential,
as long as hunger overwhelms the human spirit around
recently, the tools of science have not been employed
to investigate forgiveness. The new wave of research
we've begun, however, has the potential to reveal the
profound value of forgiveness in our lives -- information
that could reduce human misery and increase the quality
of life worldwide."
-- Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
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.”