Monday, January 16, 2017

To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.


A Few Quotes Reflecting
The Wisdom and Great Heart of a Great Man

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere... A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all of humanity. 

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.

We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights and considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

I must continue by faith or it is too great a burden to bear and violence, even in self-defense, creates more problems than it solves. Only a refusal to hate or kill can put an end to the chain of violence in the world and lead us toward a community where men can live together without fear. Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.

Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

The time is always right to do what is right.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pema Chödrön: As We Learn To Have Compassion For Ourselves

If we begin to get in touch with whatever we feel with some kind of kindness, our protective shells will melt, and we'll find that more areas of our lives are workable. As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others -what and whom we can work with, and how - becomes wider.

-  Pema Chödrön

 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Naomi Wolf: Become Goddesses

"Visioning" by Susan Seddon Boulet

Become goddesses
of disobedience.

- Naomi Wolf

Henry David Thoreau: What Lives Within Us


What lies behind us and what lies ahead 
of us are tiny matters compared to 
what lives within us.
 
- Henry David Thoreau
 

Margaret Mead: We Won't Have a Society


We won't have a society 
if we destroy the environment.

 Margaret Mead

Naomi Klein: Our Economy Is At War With Many Forms of Life on Earth


Our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction of humanity's use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it's not the laws of nature.

- Naomi Klein