"I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did."
"The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane
and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set. “
~H.H.The Dalai Lama
"Even now I’m not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I’ve gotten from books."
"Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home—but not for housing. They are strong for labor—but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage—the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all—but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine—for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing—but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing—so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it."
"The job of progressives is to speak morally to morally complex voters to activate the progressive moral system already there in their brains. That is, use your language, not conservative language. Repeat it. Brains don’t change without repetition. As with muscles, the more a neural circuit fires, the stronger its synapses get. My advice to Democrats: Say what you believe. And tell deep truths, like the truth that the Private Depends on the Public. It is not just an economic truth; it is a truth on which the moral basis of democracy depends. It is truth that transcends individual issues, even crucial ones like Medicare, education, abortion, the environment. A budget that systematically defunds public institutions soon destroys them forever. Public institutions take a long time and a lot of citizen effort, dedication and funding to build and maintain. When the Public itself is defunded and its institutions destroyed, the moral basis of American life - the ties that bind us together as a nation - will be gone. Unregulated corporations with a dedication to maximizing short-term profit and not public benefit will not, and cannot, replace what public institutions do to serve our freedom."
"In the safest, most boring country, the worst lone gunman shooting happens. The worst in the world, in history. But it will not make our country worse. The safe, boring democracy will supply him with a defense lawyer as is his right. He will not get more than 21 years in prison as is the maximum extent of the law. Our democracy does not allow for enough punishment to satisfy my need for revenge, as is its intention. We will not become worse, we will be better. We lived in a land where this is possible, even easy. And we will keep living in a land where this is possible, even easy. We are open, we are free and we are together. We are vulnerable by choice. And we will keep on like that, that’s how we want to live. We will not be worse because of the worst. We must be good because of the best."
#words worth repeating
"Freedom is not enough. You do not wipe away the scars of centuries. You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race saying, ‘You are free to compete with all the others’, and still justly believe you have been completely fair. Thus it is not enough to open the gates of opportunity."