Sunday, December 12, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
"a small group of thoughtful, commmitted citizens..."
I've seen this quote a hundred times in the past few years, partly because it's painted in Lincoln High School's hallway.
Sometimes it's unfortunate that "...a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
That's what the Bush administration has done. That's what the timber companies have done in recent decades. That's what the Inquisition did in medieval/renaissance western Europe. That's what the farmers of Mesopotamian antiquity did when they annihilated the indigenous folks in front of them and then spread north, south and east from there.
This "empowering" idea is meant to inspire hope to its readers. Does it inspire the best sort of action?
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow, page 251
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
--Cornel West (African American Wisdom)
"Love is a choice--not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guile." --Carter Heywoard (A Passion for Justice)
"As an entry in any intergalactic design compeitition, industrial civilization would be thrown out at the qualifying round." --David Orr (Orion Jan/Feb 2004)
"There is also in each of us the maveric, the darling stubborn one who won't listen, who insists, who chooses preference or the spritied guess over yardsticks or even history. I suspect this maveric is somwhat what the soul is, or at least that the soul lives close by." --Mary Oliver (Long Life & other essays)
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
"Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." -Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1923
"There is also a lot of infrastructure inside of people's heads." –Aric (from Derrick Jensen discussion group)
"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed" –Steven Biko
"Wilderness begins in the human mind" -Ed Abbey
"The concept of duty has been a means used by the holders of power to induce others to live for the interests of their masters rather than for their own." -Bertrand Russell
"There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old system and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one." - Machiavelli - 1513