can never get a re-creation of community and heal
our society without giving our citizens a sense
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.
a society where all are related, simple decisions
require the approval of nearly everyone in that society.
It is society as a whole, not merely a part of it,
that must survive. This is the indigenous understanding.
It is the understanding in a global sense. We are
all indigenous people on this planet, and we have
to reorganize to get along.
have learned to say that the good must be extended to
all of society before it can be held secure by any one
person or any one class. But we have not yet learned
to add to that statement, that unless all [people] and
all classes contribute to a good, we cannot even be
sure that it is worth having.
have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary
goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared
culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic,
national and local diversities that enrich our lives.--
we were to convince society to strive towards creating
a better world,
we would address all of the problems that endanger
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
has been evolving a global consciousness,
and with new technologies in social networking,
we now have the chance to form a true "global
Robert Alan Silverstein
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.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
have forgotten the basic SOCIAL CONTRACT of rights
and responsibilities that binds us together as a
society. Society expects citizens to follow laws
it has instated in order to protect individuals
and institutions. Without these laws there would
be chaos -- the strong would simply take anything
they wanted and the rest would have no recourse.
In return the social contract guarantees that if
people follow these rules or responsibilities they
will be guaranteed basic rights - life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. A guarantee of life
ensures they will have access to basic human needs
of water, food and shelter needed to live and to
support their family. Liberty involves the ability
to engage in activities the individual wishes, as
long as it does not violate the law. The pursuit
of happiness is a guarantee that the laws are meant
to be fair and provide an equal playing field for
all members of society, so that through hard work
and creative enterprise, all law-abiding citizens
are free to strive to attain the wants and desires
they believe will bring them happiness.
Robert Alan Silverstein
greatest obstacle we'll ever know, is that society
has no goal.
Oh people join together now and show
That we can make this broken world whole.
Every act of kindness and compassion is hope for
a better world.
With every act of kindness and compassion, we build
a better world.
Help build a better world.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
is one of the most important principles for a better
world. In its truest sense, a democracy is a community
in which all members have an equal say in the running
of that community. Unfortunately in reality, democratic
societies have fallen short of this ideal. Nevertheless,
because of its very nature, once a democracy is
established, its citizens can work together to make
their society more and more democratic, if they
choose to do so.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
this society the young people from the cities and
from the countryside, professionals or not, often
unemployed, have all means to join and reinforce our
efforts to raise the brave torch of Human Rights that
illuminates the way in which the future of us all
believe there should be a part of society that conscientiously
works as a ‘critical partner’ of the government.”
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.
one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a
democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue
to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be
included from birth. A society that cuts off from
its youth severs its lifeline." -- Kofi
happiness of any society begins with the well being
of the families that live in it. -– Kofi
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.
is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for
daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against
poverty, and a building block of development, an essential
complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics
and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization,
and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national
identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an
agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone,
everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general,
a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the
road to human progress and the means through which
every man, woman and child can realize his or her
saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers
knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
order for us as poor and oppressed people to become
part of a society that is meaningful, the system under
which we now exist has to be radically changed...
It means facing a system that does not lend its self
to your needs and devising means by which you change
do not constitute anyone's property:
they are neither the property of their parents nor even
They belong only to their own future freedom."
-- Mikhail Bakunin
in its highest form is art that serves and instructs
society and human development."
your shoulders. Dear young people of the entire world,
weigh the responsibility to transform tomorrow's world
into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity
a society is organized around that which is fitting
in each realm, then peace, the fruit of justice, can
are we going to make our livings in a society becoming
increasingly jobless because of hi-tech and outsourcing?
Where will we get the imagination to recognize that
for most of human history the concept of Jobs didn’t
even exist? Work, as distinguished from Labor, was
done to produce needed goods and services, develop
skills and artistry, and nurture cooperation.
The ultimate test of a moral society
is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
The consumption society has made us feel that happiness
lies in having things, and has failed to teach us
the happiness of not having things.
comes first today in our crowded world...
No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter
with a clear conscience break his contract with society.
To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen
it is to be a good citizen,
to do more than your share under it is noble."
-- Isaiah Bowman
Many people think that hunger is unavoidable in any
society, even a society that is blessed with great
abundance. That is not true. The European community
does not have widespread hunger. America, which leads
the world in so many ways, can end childhood hunger
within its borders.
society must make it right and possible for old people
not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for
the test of a civilization is the way that it cares
for its helpless members.
is no level playing field. Any time our society says
that a powerful chemical company has the same right
as a low income family that's living next door, that
playing field is not level, is not fair.”
United Nations exists not merely to preserve the peace
but also to make change - even radical change - possible
without violent upheaval. The United Nations has no
vested interest in the status quo. It seeks a more
secure world, a better world, a world of progress
for all peoples. In the dynamic world society which
is the objective of the United Nations, all peoples
must have equality and equal rights. --
United States of America will be a more sustainable
society when we eliminate wasteful defense spending
and instead invest in the foundations of a strong economy
and a prosperous and productive future, by enhancing
areas such as education, healthcare and green infrastructure.
The role of Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities
is to leverage the credibility of business leaders on
fiscal issues to draw the attention of policy decision
makers, the media and the public to how the federal
budget is currently allocated and help to create a climate
where changed budget priorities can become a reality.
-- Mission Statement of Business Leaders for Sensible
is not just a question of having a vote. It consists
of strengthening each citizen’s possibility and capacity
to participate in the deliberations involved in life
know, if people are not pacifists, it's not their fault.
It's because society puts them in that spot. You've
got to change it. You don't just change a man - you've
got to change his environment as you do it."
is called 'capitalism'is basically a system of corporate
mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable
private tyrannies exercising vast control over the
economy, political systems, and social and cultural
life, operating in close cooperation with powerful
states that intervene massively in the domestic
economy and international society. -- Noam
real world of American society is one which it is
very misleading to call simply a democracy. Of course,
it is in a sense a democracy, but it is one in which
there are enormous inequities in the distribution
of power and force. For example, the entire commercial
and industrial system is in principle excluded from
the democratic process, including everything that
goes on within it -- Noam
important to recognize that expanding the circle of opportunity
and increasing the democratic potential of our own society,
as well as those across the world, is a continuing process
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton
the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home
shared by all. Leaders are capable and virtuous. Everyone
loves and respects their own parents and children as
well as the parents and children of others. The old
are cared for, adults have jobs, children are nourished
and educated. There is a means of support for all those
who are disabled or find themselves alone in the world.
Everyone has an appropriate role to play in the family
and society. Devotion to public duty leaves no place
for idleness. Scheming for ill gain is unknown. Sharing
displaces selfishness and materialism. -- Confucius
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
have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating
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
V. Debs, 1908
aim of education is to enable individuals to continue
their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning
is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot
be applied to all the members of a society except where
intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where
there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of
social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation
arising from equitably distributed interests. And this
means a democratic society.
privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled
away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually,
each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed
as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite
unlike any we have seen -- a society in which government
may intrude into the secret regions of a life.
William O. Douglas
justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where
ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made
to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress,
rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will
we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation
and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous."
individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital
resource of our society.
intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind
is a faithful servant. We have created a society that
honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
"...gender relationships, which are tough for
people to deal with, are key to whether a society
orients to domination or partnership in all its relations."
We must apply our humble efforts to the construction
of a more just and humane world. And I want to declare
emphatically: Such a world is possible. To create
this new society, we must present outstretched and
friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as
we show great determination and never waver in the
defense of truth and justice. Because we know that
we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we
must open our hands.
society's values are being corrupted by advertising's insistence
on the equation:
youth equals popularity, popularity equals success, success
-- John Arbuthnot Fisher
"The ultimate object of education should be, Gandhi
said, to help create not only a balanced and harmonious
individual but also a balanced and harmonious society
where true justice prevails, where there is no unnatural
division between the "haves" and the "have-nots,"
and where everybody is assured of a living wage and
the right to live and the right to freedom."
will take a massive effort to move society from corporate
domination, in which industry's rights to pollute
and damage health and the environment supersede the
public's right to live, work, and play in safety.
This is a political fight. The science is already
there, showing that people's health is at risk. To
win, we will need to keep building the movement, networking
with one another, planning, strategizing, and moving
forward. Our children's futures, and those of their
unborn children, are at stake." ~ Lois
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
active liberty does not mean allowing the majority to
run roughshod over minorities. It calls for taking special
care that all groups have a chance to fully participate
in society and the political process.
society is only as healthy as our most vulnerable
citizens. It is unconscionable that the weakest links
in our country are our hungry children. No other Western
industrialized nation has widespread hunger within
its borders. We really must put an end to hunger in
the United States if we are to keep our prosperity
and protect the future.
is a scourge that must be overcome, and this can only
be accomplished through concerted international efforts
involving effective partnerships between developed and
developing countries and between government, the private
sector and civil society.
-- Dr. HAN Seung-soo, Former President of the UN General
we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and
blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family,
our entire society, will benefit from our peace."
is not to escape from society, but to come back to
ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is
seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we
know what to do and what not to do to help.
long as private corporations remain the dominant production
institution of society, no matter who is in power,
the long-run trend in society will be to promote the
affluent society contains those of talent and insight
who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather
than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance.
who does not draw strength from himself and who is incapable
of finding the meaning of his life within himself will...seek
the map to his own orientation somewhere outside himself--in
some ideology, organization, or society, and then, however
active he may appear to be, he is merely waiting, depending.
He waits to see what others will do, or what roles they
will assign to him, and he depends on them--and if they
don't do anything or if they botch things, he succumbs
to disillusion, despair, and ultimately, resignation.
If there is to be an ecologically sound society, it
will have to come from the grass roots up, not from
the top down.
"To me, love, spirituality and life are all the same
thing. To me they're all about honoring the circle,
and they're just different ways of defining the same
understanding. Our society as a whole, because we
have placed our love for money above our love for
life, has devalued the sacred and devalued love."
are at the very point in time when a 400-year old
age is dying and another is struggling to be born
- a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions
enormously greater than the world has ever experienced.
Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of individuality,
liberty, community and ethics such as the world
has never know, and a harmony with nature, with
one another, and with the divine intelligence such
as the world has never dreamed.
-- Dee Ward Hock, founder of Visa
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.
again a new world view is arising ... This idea is the
culmination of all human history. It holds the promise
of fulfilling the great aspirations of the past and
heralds the advent of the next phase of our evolution.
It is the idea of conscious evolution."
basis of peace and stability, in any society, has
to be the fullest respect for the human rights of
all its people.
nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every
member of it is personally responsible for his society."
know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of
society but people. And if we think them not enlightened
enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them,
but to inform them by education.
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.
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
enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must
be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any western
society, we’ve learned that we’re all better off
when everyone is included in the opportunities of this great
-- Ted Kennedy
must recognize that we can't solve our problems now
until there is a radical redistribution of economic
and political power... a radical restructuring of
the architecture of American society. --
Luther King, Jr
have moved into an era where we are called upon to
raise certain basic questions about the whole society.
We are still called upon to give aid to the beggar
who finds himself in misery and agony on life's highway.
But one day, we must ask the question of whether an
edifice which produces beggars must not be restructured
and refurbished. --
Luther King, Jr
Our ultimate objective in learning about anything
is to try to create and develop a more just society.
across the United States are now uniting in a great
cause to establish a Department of Peace, seeking
nothing less than the transformation of our society,
to make non-violence an organizing principle, to make
war archaic through creating a paradigm shift in our
culture for human development, for economic and political
justice and for violence control.
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. --
continues to suffuse our culture...Today few imagine
that society can be fundamentally improved, and those
who do are seen as at best deluded, at worst threatening."
"No society has fulfilled its democratic promise if
people go hungry... If some go without food they have
surely been deprived of all power. The existence of
hunger belies the existence of democracy."
conscious choices about what we eat, based on what
the earth can sustain and what our bodies need, can
help remind us that our whole society must begin to
balance sustainable production with human need.
you want a strong society, it has to be inclusive.
If you have to push a boulder up a hill, do you want 10
people or 100?
If you weed out colour or gender, you get 10."
-- Cyndi Lauper
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. --
focus on money and power may do wonders in the marketplace,
but it creates a tremendous crisis in our society.
People who have spent all day learning how to sell
themselves and to manipulate others are in no position
to form lasting friendships or intimate relationships...
Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society
-- one based on principles of caring, ethical and
spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their
need for meaning is just as intense as their need
for economic security."
one of the best ways to take care of our souls is to
build a society that supports rather than undermines
our highest moral and spiritual intuitions and inclinations.
Yet, building that society can never be divided from
the daily practices through which we live out our ethical
and spiritual lives, both in the way we treat others
around us, and in the way we nourish the God within
Justice and truth are the common ties of society
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
and security don't just happen, they are the result
of collective consensus and public investment. We
owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in
our society, a life free of violence and fear."
can never have an impact on society if you have not
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
Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember
seven generations in the past and consider seven generations
in the future when making decisions that affect the
have tremendous confidence in the capacity of the poor
to transform not only their own lives but also to build
a just, humane, and democratic society."
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.
Ensuring the access of all citizens to government information
and to essential information for human development is
a must for every democratic society.
Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General
universal renunciation of violence requires the commitment
of the whole of society. These are not matters
of government but matters of State; not only matters
for the authoirities, but for society in its entirety,
including civilian, military, and religious bodies.
The mobilization which is urgently needed to effect
the transition within two or three years from a culture
of war to a culture of peace demands co-operation from
everyone. In order to change, the world needs everyone.
won't have a society if we destroy the environment"
society that feeds its children on tales of successful
violence can expect them not to believe that violence
in the end is rewarded."
You can't talk about the environment, you can't talk
about political correctness, affirmative action and
all the other innumerable things that freedom is about,
unless you have a free society based upon the integrity
of the individual. If you have a responsible society,
these other issues will not come up in a responsible
society, and that is what freedom is all about.
greatest step forward in human evolution was made
when society began to help the weak and the poor,
instead of oppressing and despising them.
"I always try to see things with children's eyes.
Are they happy? Sad? What do they need? Everywhere
I went, I realized that children are society's victims
… We have a duty to speak to political leaders, to
influence people to give these children a better future."
A society that has more justice is a society that
needs less charity.
"We live in such a corporate world where everyone
is passing the buck, it seems to me. Therefore I
like stories where the individual takes responsibility
for BEING the individual, and not just for himself,
but for his comrades, his society and ultimately
for his country. Ultimately, we can all learn a
lesson from that and not be browbeaten by the corporate
world which is taking over."
may be formed so as to exist without crime, without
poverty, with health greatly improved, with little,
if any misery, and with intelligence and happiness
increased a hundredfold; and no obstacle whatsoever
intervenes at this moment except ignorance to prevent
such a state of society from becoming universal."
of the advantages of being born in an affluent society
is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will
realize that having more and more won't solve the
problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions,
or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves.
If we can't find peace and happiness there, it's not
going to come from the outside.
Thinking about how the world might be and envisioning
a society characterized by justice are the essence
of conceptualizing the conditions that comprise positive
peace. If we are to educate for peace, both teachers
and students need to have some notion of the transformed
world we are educating for.
our humanity – our soul as a society – is overtaken
by the materiel and cosmetic, there will be no hope
of a society at peace with its conscience because
it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms.
-- John Robbins
first man who, having fenced off a plot of land, thought
of saying, 'This is mine' and found people simple
enough to believe him was the real founder of civil
society. How many crimes, wars, murders, how many
miseries and horrors might the human race had been
spared by the one who, upon pulling up the stakes
or filling in the ditch, had shouted to his fellow
men: 'Beware of listening to this imposter; you are
lost if you forget the fruits of the earth belong
to all and that the earth belongs to no one.
Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1755
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
an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge
his dignity as a human being,
his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”
-- Bayard Rustin
can be hope only for a society which acts as one big
family, not as many separate ones.
at situations as contingent, not as inevitable, look
at them as the result of a series of historical choices
made by men and women, as facts of society made by human
beings, and not as natural or god-given, therefore unchangeable,
policies absorb almost the entire attention of government,
and at the same time become ever more impotent. The
simplest things, which only fifty years ago one could
do without difficulty, cannot get done any more. The
richer a society, the more impossible it become to
do worthwhile things without immediate payoff.
"We have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference,
and play a part with society in the solution of the
problem of violence..." -- Shakira
know what it feels like to be hurt,and I don't want
to cause that pain to any other person or creature.
But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order
to make money or to feel better about ourselves, such
as with cosmetics or food. We say to ourselves, I'm
going to use this animal. I'm going to say it doesn't
have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these
cruel things. And that just isn't fair.
transformation of society requires personal and spiritual
change first or at least simultaneously
entrepreneurs come from all levels of society and
from communities in nearly every country of the world.
They all share the same underlying drive and passion
to see their ideas through. Many of them have had
a huge effect on the world, yet most people have not
even heard of them – a trend we hope to change!
Can we make a better world for our children? I believe
we can, if enough people are concerned and get involved
in changing what is wrong with society.
is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex
and race because they are easy and visible differences
have been the primary ways of organizing human beings
into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap
labour in which this system still depends. We are
talking about a society in which there will be no
roles other than those chosen or those earned. We
are really talking about humanism.
definition of a free society is a society where it
is safe to be unpopular.
society is judged by the way it cares for its most
vulnerable citizens. As an American, I am ashamed
that we have turned out backs on millions of our children.
I want to do my part to rectify this terrible situation.
think we're creating a situation that's incredibly
dangerous. There's a lot of chat at the moment about
the war on terror and whilst there are many causes
for acts of terrorism, what kind of society are you
creating if you allow civil society in Africa to die
and create millions upon millions of orphans? Where
are they going to go? What kind of cults, what kind
of militias, what's going to happen? The accession
of violence in those countries, the possibility of
that, to me is very terrifying.
finish building the free society dreamed of by Washington,
Franklin, and Jefferson, we must draw upon the resources
of the enlightened imagination, which can be systematically
developed by the spiritual sciences of India and Tibet.
We have not yet tamed our own demons of racism, nationalism,
sexism, and materialism. We have not yet made peace
with a land we took by force and have only partly paid
for. We are a teeming conglomeration of people from
different tribes who have yet to embrace fully the humanness
in one another. And none of us can be really free until
all of us are."
secret message communicated to most young people today
by the society around them is that they are not needed,
that the society will run itself quite nicely until
they - at some distant point in the future - will
take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society
is not running itself nicely... because the rest of
us need all the energy, brains, imagination
and talent that young people can bring to bear down
on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve
its desperate problems without the full participation
of even very young people is imbecile."
-- Alvin Toffler
is not something people impose on themselves for want
of effort and community organisation. It is constructed
by divisive and discriminatory laws, inflexible organisations,
acquisitive ideologies of wealth, a deeply rooted
class system and policies which serve privilege in
the short term and destroy society in the long term."
-- Peter Townshend
"Everyone must find a capacity in which they can serve,
because we all benefit from society."
shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing
back. People complain about their taxes, yet they
do nothing for the community. That makes me furious.
women have presented an alternative proposal to society
and to humanity. It is about the construction of a
world where tolerance is a life style; Where daily
social and political divergences and its resolutions
would be seen as part of humanity; Where equality
would be possible in all its dimensions; Where knowledge
and access to education and other social possessions
would not be the privilege of a few; A world where
violence in all its forms would be past history, where
fear will not overwhelm us and where we shall be able
to enjoy the goodness of existence.”
Society is based on that great bottom law of human right,
that nothing but crime can forfeit liberty. That no
condition of birth, no shade of color, no mere misfortune
of circumstances, can annul that birthright charter,
which God has bequeathed to every being upon whom he
has stamped his own image, by making him a free moral
agent, and that he who robs his fellow man of this tramples
upon right, subverts justice, outrages humanity, unsettles
the foundation of human safety, and sacrilegiously assumes
the prerogative of God."
first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness
what the students already believe by virtue of their
personal experiences about themselves and society.
we talk of freedom and opportunity for all nations,
the mocking paradoxes in our own society become so
clear they can no longer be ignored.
of the Peace People:
have a simple message for the world from this movement
for peace. We
want to live and love and build a just and peaceful
want for our children, as we want for ourselves, lives
at home, at work and at play to be lives of joy and
recognize that to build such a life demands of all
of us dedication, hard work and courage.
recognize that there are many problems in our society
which are a source of conflict and violence.
recognize that every bullet fired and every exploding
bomb makes that work more difficult.
reject the use of the bomb and the bullet and all
the techniques of violence.
dedicate ourselves to working with our neighbors,
near and far, day in and day out, to building that
peaceful society in which the tragedies we have known
are a bad memory and a continuing warning.
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.
Department of Peace would take a more human approach
to healing our society, looking not merely for ways
we can destroy an enemy, but for more powerful ways
to create new friends. While the State Department
engages in international diplomacy, there is no domestic
parallel. There is no department seeking to harness
the power of a nonviolent heart.