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8.11.2007

COINCIDENCE THAT "MULTICULTURAL" SERVES THE WEALTHY?

Who is the majority
in this country?
The poor and
lower middle class.

But is this realized?
No. Why?
Because we conceive
of ourselves, we MAJORITY as
splinters - Jews, Italians,
Blacks, Gays, Staights,
Hispanics....
BRILLIANT.


Drummers clash with new Harlem residents By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer
Sat Aug 11, 6:19 PM ET Exerpts:

NEW YORK - On Saturday nights in summer, hundreds of fingers pound out mesmerizing rhythms on African drums — a ritual repeated for decades in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park.

This year, the drums have a counterpoint: the complaints of "new Harlemites."
"African drumming is wonderful for the first four hours, but after that, it's pure, unadulterated noise. We couldn't see straight anymore," says Beth Ross, who lives in a luxury apartment building near the park. "It was like a huge boom box in the living room, the bedroom, the kitchen. You had no way to escape except to leave the apartment."

...The influx of outsiders intensified after the arrival six years ago of Harlem's most famous commercial tenant, former President Clinton, whose 125th Street office is a short walk from Marcus Garvey Park. He said then that he hoped his presence would encourage others to move to the neighborhood.

...Ross, an executive career coach who moved into the area a year ago, says she feels "honored" to be living in Harlem alongside longtime residents. "It is their community, their history," she said. But when it comes to their drumming location, she thought it was time to change.
"It's a matter of quality of life," she said.

Just a conicidence,
that by our being divided
it is a windfall
for the materially wealthy?

Strategically a coincidence
that Jesus died to make
the poor one family?

WE MUST BE "SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT."




Oh my goodness. This is another of those cases where the answer has been right on the tip of the tongue in the form of a common phrase. Why didn't we see it? Because it seems so trite!

WE MUST BE
"SOMETHING
TO THINK ABOUT."

WE MUST
GIVE THEM
"SOMETHING
TO THINK ABOUT."

Jesus
was, and did.

Mandela was, and did.

Dr. King was, and did.

Gandhi.

Teresa.

Assisi....

"TRUTH" - THE OPPOSITE OF HYPOCRISY


HMMM. WHO WUDA THUNK.

Jesus said to him,

"I am the way
and the TRUTH
and the life.
No one comes
to the Father
except through
[TRUTH.]"

TRUTH: THE ANTIDOTE,
THE CURE FOR THE
GENOCIDAL EPIDEMIC
OF HYPOCRISY.

CREATING THE CHURCH / COMMUNITY / ARMY IS EVERYTHING

Oh my goodness, I've spent my life DOING it, and only now I SEE IT!??!?!?!?! Oh my.



CREATING THE
CHURCH / COMMUNITY / ARMY
IS EVERYTHING...

INTENSE
OF CHARACTER:
WE MUST HURRY.
EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON IT.

DARFUR VIGIL: INTERRUPTED INDEFINITELY BY JAIL

[from a letter to an inquiring friend]


Hi beloved [friend.] Along with a 16 year old "angel" from New Haven Catholic Worker and the first genuine, non-hypocrite "Pastor / Priest" that maybe I've yet encountered (Steve Miller, and YES he's been "fired" from the church for non-hypocrisy[see today's posts]!) got out after 27 hours of jail after arrest at the White House for lying on the sidewalk still, dead, as a Nagasaki/Hiroshima victim. Photos and video of our actions this week - click here (and here for more background). Only posted so far are Pentagon (pictures like the one below) and DOE/Bechtel. White House and Archdiocese of the Military (THE MOST EVIL EVER COMBINATION OF WORDS?) will go up in the next day or so I'm sure if you check back on their site. (continued below)
If I have met only one living saint it may be Margaret McKenna pictured below, creator of Philadelphia's New Jerusalem. I've tried for maybe 8 years to meet her, and it never worked out. Now, we've been arrested together! Meet her. All of you, each of you, meet her. Know her. Help in her work. For yourself. She defines humility. She defines peace. She defines the presence of "God." She is completely non-dogmatic, profoundly agreeing (I perceive) as I told her I believed that "Loving" is the only true religion. She is maybe the closest encounter yet I have had of God; not a lot closer encounter than you beloved sister and several others have given me; and maybe not closer than my bio-father. Margaret must be known. She must be helped. SHE MUST BE LEARNED FROM. Tell her you are my sister, my "family." I've told her of you. i think she Loves me. (more below).

Not that it bothered me personally but the DC White House Arrest I've just been released from, and specifically how "the system" treats human beings (poor, defenseless, outside the "power structure," for parking tickets and the like - chains, shackles, pens, cages, sleep deprivation, toilet paper deprivation, food deprivation, water deprivation, 27 hour whimsical life/liberty/"human rights" deprivation...), dozens of us that I personally witnessed, is possibly the greatest inhuman evil that personally I've ever touched; evil I expect I cannot walk away from.



I don't mean to alarm you, and you know by now that often, OFTEN, early in hearing one of my "callings" I get Her intention wrong and do NOT move forward, but I've also promised to be honest with you and keep you informed. I'll be writing of my experience and plans over the next few days and will post on this and the Brigade of PeaceMakers blog. As I sit here the morning after release, I find myself "Called" to violate the conditions of my release (8 hours community service; service I'll do anyway at a place I've long wanted to serve, CCNV, but not report that service and hence the "violation") and to their surprise and anger, re-present myself with total peace and respect to the officials of the system (part of my family) for re-arrest but now acting with complete and profound non-cooperation - being a piece of limp meat - complete non-cooperation with this consummately evil system of violence to our brothers and sisters. Gandhi and others are correct in saying that, "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good." And, as Oscar Romero predicted, "Those committed to the poor must share the same fate as the poor."

About 15 years ago a premonition swept over me that I would be homeless. I was living in "my" $500k West Chester house that I built on Cloverly Road at the the time. TA-DA! A year or so ago I had a similar premonition, but this time that I would die, murdered by the system for non-cooperation with evil in prison.

Truly I am sorry to worry you; probably without basis. I will share more with you when it is written over the next few days.

Loving you and profoundly blessed by your love, Start

"ISM" = THE 3RD OF THE 3 DEADLIEST SINS

[Maybe later I can return and share this point more clearly. For now please help me by a patient and thoughtful reading.]


"ISM" - THE ULTIMATE
DISPLACEMENT OF THE
ALMIGHTY GOOD


ISM, of the 3 deadliest sins
(The other two being
RECREATIONAL SEX AND
"IMMEDIATE FAMILY"
),
SEEMS
THE MOST LIKELY TO
MURDER THE NEAR SAINTS

THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
THESE NEAR SAINTS SEEM
NOT TO SEE THAT
THEY HAVE ELEVATED THEIR ISM,
PROTESTANTISM, CATHOLICISM,
ANTI-NUCLEARISM, ANTI-ZIONISM...
ABOVE THE ALMIGHTY GOD.

"ISM" = THE 3RD OF
THE 3 DEADLIEST SINS:
Anti-Nuclearism, Abortion-Rights-ism, Anti-Zionism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Christianityism, Communism, COMMUNITYISM, Corporatism, Democratism, Evangelicalism, Free-Palesitineism, Pacifism, Hinduism, Islamism, Judaism, Militarism, "MY-CHILD"-ISM, "MY-FAMILY"-ISM, Nationalism, Patriotism, Protestantism, Right-To-Lifeism...


HOW CAN THIS BE!?!?!?



"Thou shalt have
no God before Me!"

Bible

"Thou shalt have
no value as high or higher than
CONSCIENCE / HUMANITY /
LOVE / KINDNESS."

Start Loving

It is not that any
of the above "isms"
are per-se bad.
It is that they
have been elevated
ABOVE
the Humanity /
Conscience / Love / Kindness /
ALMIGHTY POWERS -
LIFE, LOVE, TRUTH
which they were
CREATED TO SERVE!!!

THE SACRED OPPORTUNITY OF NONCOOPERATION WITH EVIL

Evil is anything and everything that takes away the TOTAL AND COMPLETE SERVICE OF LIFE that is the reason that any and all life is created. NEGLECT, selfishness, DISCONNECTION, Hate, Animosity - these are the MALIGNANT CANCERS - the consummate evils.

As Jesus and Gandhi taught there is a SACRED OPPORTUNITY OF NONCOOPERATION WITH EVIL. Why? Because:

The opportunity to non-cooperate with evil is possibly the most potent weapon for the elimination of all evil.

As Tolstoy Divinely Reveals (PLEASE read and STUDY and re-read the last two chapters of "The Kingdom of God is Within You"; I BEG YOU. I TOO AM RE-RE-READING.) those in the beast, slave to the "isms," are as if "hypnotized," and indeed clinically they may be!

COMPLETE NON-COOPERATION
WHOSE SUBSTANCE IS OF

PROFOUND FAMILINESS /
KINDNESS / GOODNESS

MAY BE BY FAR THE
OPPORTUNITY
MOST LIKELY
TO REVEAL THE BEAST
& AWAKEN
THE
SLEEPER / ZOMBIE / SLAVE
FROM THE
GENOCIDAL HYPNOSIS.

"But I say to you,
offer no resistance
to one who is evil."
Jesus (Matt 5:39)

"Non-cooperation with evil
is as much a duty
as cooperation with good."
Gandhi

RESPECT and LOVE: INSEPERABLE

NO RESPECT, NO LOVE.
DISRESPECT IS VIOLENCE.
Respect (From the Greek) -
To look again; to pay attention to.

Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus - Cite This Source
Main Entry:
love
Part of Speech:
noun 1
Definition:
adoration
Synonyms:
adulation, affection, allegiance, amity, amorousness, amour, appreciation, ardency, ardor, attachment, case*, cherishing, crash, crush, delight, devotedness, devotion, emotion, enchantment, enjoyment, fervor, fidelity, flame, fondness, friendship, hankering, idolatry, inclination, infatuation, involvement, like, liking, lust, mad for, mash, partiality, pash, passion, piety, rapture, regard, relish, respect, sentiment, soft spot*, taste, tenderness, the hots, weakness, wild for*, worship, yearning, zeal
Antonyms:
hate
Source:
Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)Copyright © 2007 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.* = informal or slang

HYPOCRISY = FALSITY = DECEPTION = DISSIMULATION

affectation, bad faith*, bigotry, casuistry, deceit, deception, dishonesty, display, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, false profession, falsity, fraud, glibness, goop, hooey, imposture, insincerity, irreverence, lie, lip service*, mockery, pharisaicalness, pharisaism, phoniness, pietism, pretense, quackery, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, sham, soft soap, speciousness, sweet talk, two-facedness, unctuousness

ALL EVIL COMES FROM PERVERTING OUR SYMBOLS

"From
[
the 0rthodox, "the system," the hypocrites]
comes
all the evil in the world;
because they hide the good,
and instead of it uphold evil."
Jesus
  • Nazi Germany gassed millions in "shower" buildings.
  • Nazi Germany secretly dispatched the infirm and disabled to death camps from "Hospitals."
  • Nazi Germany sent Germans into the 3rd Reich army from the German "Christian" "Church."
  • 2007 US "Church"
  • 2007 US "Synagogue"
  • 2007 US "Justice System"...
  • 2007 US "Homeland Security System"...
  • 2007 US "Democracy"...

See: HYPOCRISY = FALSITY = DECEPTION = DISSIMULATION

See the term in psychology, that which is known to be the most totally destructive of the human psyche, "DOUBLE BIND." A concept originally coined by Margaret Mead's husband in an attempt to understand the causes of schizophrenia, it is illuminated by the following:

A young man who had fairly well recovered from an acute schizophrenic episode was visited in the hospital by his mother. He was glad to see her and impulsively put his arm around her shoulders, whereupon she stiffened. He withdrew his arm and she asked, "Don't you love me anymore?" He then blushed, and she said, "Dear, you must not be so easily embarrassed and afraid of your feelings." The patient was able to stay with her only a few minutes more and following her departure he assaulted an aide and was put in the tubs.

Read or recall 1984, by George Orwell
Read or recall Animal Farm, by George Orwell

[How this works:
Step 1. Identify a powerful truth,
Step 2. Empower it with a symbol
(word, name, building, cross, ritual...),

Step 3. PERVERT THE MEANING OF THE SYMBOL! (intentionality is NOT a requirement for success)]
Step 4. THE MASSES NEVER NOTICE!!!
THE MASSES REFUSE TO NOTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Nothing is so tempting
as evil in the guise of virtue."

Dr. Martin Luther King.

TRUE COMMUNITY / "FAMILY" ONLY COMES FROM EMERGENCY SHARED

  • The roof of an elementary school falls in with children inside with only towns folk to help. They rush in.
  • A house in the rural community catches fire, and there is no fire department. The "Community" FORMS and rushes in.
  • Two or more people "see" part of the "beast," an evil in this world that is crushing and destroying people - "the least of these [our] family..."

See JonahHouse.org,






Common Ground,





Doctors Without Borders
....

This is why the following communities are false, not-True communities:

These, with rare exceptions, are not devoted to the emergency in which 6 billion are drowning. Lip-service? Yes. Life-service. NO.


TRUE COMMUNITY / "FAMILY"
ONLY COMES FROM
SHARED EMERGENCY

"DEATH," RESURRECTION AND IMMORTALITY

From: Who was Oscar Romero?


“If I get killed
I will rise
in the Salvadorean people.”

Why is so much attention being paid to Romero twenty years after his death. Why does he matter to so many people? Should we focus so much on the actions of one individual? The message from El Salvador and across Latin America is that Romero and his message still live on – as he prophesied. The people still gain enormous strength from their memories of him and the words he left behind. His sainthood was assumed almost immediately and the people’s faith in themselves is strengthened by the memory of his faith in them. They commonly say: “St Romero of the Americas, pray for us”.

Only by offering all of our
inocent, world-familyish blood
to the beast -
disconnection / selfishness / evil
- will peace / kingdom / nirvana /
universal joy reign.
Start Loving

"Suffering, the nonviolent resister realizes, has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities," King wrote, quoting Gandhi that "Things of fundamental importance to people are not secured by reason alone, but have to be purchased with their suffering. Suffering is infinitely more powerful than the law of the jungle for converting the opponent and opening his ears which are otherwise shut to the voice of reason."
Martin Luther King

IF YOU CLIMB MOUNTAINS, THE PIANO MUST STAY BEHIND

IF YOU CLIMB MOUNTAINS,
THE PIANO MUST STAY BEHIND.

:-) This is another way of seeing what Oscar Romero told us:

"Those committed
to the poor
must share
the same fate as the poor."

And Peter Maurin, quoted by Dorothy Day:

"We cannot see our brother
[or sister] in need
without stripping ourselves.
It is the only [genuine] way
we have of showing our love."

Love OR Disrespect. YOU ARE DOING ONE NOW.

Any and every spec of your being / existance / behavior that is NOT Loving / Kindness / Familyness / Otherishness IS Disrespect / Violence / Selfishness / Disconnection.

Every waking second
you will
LOVE or DISRESPECT.
CHOOSE.

8.07.2007

"FAMILYNESS, " "FAMILYISH" INSTEAD OF "BROTHERLINESS"

Thanks to my sister Eta. She helped me see (OUCH!) that my language tends to be exclusionary - "Father," "Brotherliness...."

With her comments my soul went to work and presented me with "Familyness," and "Familyish" are far better descriptors than I've had before.

MILITANT FAMILINESS is:
  • What Jesus died to bring us,
  • The only hope for peace,
  • The only hope for the world.

8.05.2007

EVIL = DISCONNECTEDNESS. EVERYTHING ELSE IS SYMPTOMS.

There is no more important post on this site.

It is said that "Money" is the root of all evil...

The exact purpose of money
is DISCONNECTION.
[Money is so you need no connection to me,
and I need no conection to you.]

EVIL = DISCONNECTEDNESS.
The ROOT of all evil is
DISCONNECTEDNESS.
EVERYTHING ELSE,
All SELFISHNESS
IS SYMPTOMS.

CONNECTEDNESS:
YOUR PAIN IS MY PAIN.
YOUR JOY IS MY JOY.

TO KILL THE BEAST (DISCONNECTION) - OFFER IT ENOUGH INNOCENT BLOOD

Hmmmmm.

I think this is the TRUTH.

TO KILL THE BEAST
(DISCONNECTION) -
OFFER IT
ENOUGH
INNOCENT BLOOD.
.
"Suffering, the nonviolent resister realizes, has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities," King wrote, quoting Gandhi that "Things of fundamental importance to people are not secured by reason alone, but have to be purchased with their suffering. Suffering is infinitely more powerful than the law of the jungle for converting the opponent and opening his ears which are otherwise shut to the voice of reason."

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

1.A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
2.You must do the things you think you cannot do.
3.You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
4.You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

5.You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
6.You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself.
7.Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!
8.With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
9.When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
10.When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
11.When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
12.When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.
13.What you don't do can be a destructive force.

14.What one has to do usually can be done.
15.What is to give light must endure the burning.
16.We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.
17.We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
18.We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
19.Understanding is a two-way street.
20.Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.
21.There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.
22.The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
23.The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
24.The giving of love is an education in itself.
25.The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. 26.The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours - and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
27.The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
28.Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
29.Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
30.Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.

31.Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
32.Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
33.People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
34.Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
35.One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

36.Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
37.No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
38.Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.
39.My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
40.Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
41.Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
42.It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
43.It was a wife's duty to be interested in whatever interested her husband, whether it was politics, books, or a particular dish for dinner.
44.It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
45.It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
46.It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation.
47.It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
48.It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
49.It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
50.It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
51.In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
52.In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.
53.If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
54.I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
55.I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me 'understand' something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
56.I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
57.I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
58.I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
59.I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.
60.I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.

61.I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
62.Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.

63.Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
64.Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
65.Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
66.Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.
67.Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
68.Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
69.For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
70.Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
71.Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.
72.Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.
73.As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
74.Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
75.Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.
76.Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
77.Actors are one family over the entire world.
78.Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Desmond Tutu Quotes

A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.


Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.


Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.


Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.


Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.


For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.


I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.


I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.


If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.


In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute - a white skin.


My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.


Niger is not an isolated island of desperation. It lies within a sea of problems across Africa - particularly the 'forgotten emergencies' in poor countries or regions with little strategic or material appeal.


Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor; they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor, and they should know that they are buttressing one of the most vicious systems.


We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.


We would like to see you departing peacefully.


What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?


When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the table and you warn that they will crash to the ground, in South Africa you are blamed when that happens.


When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.


Without forgiveness, there's no future.


You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.


You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

Nelson Mandela Quotes

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.


After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.


As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.


Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.


For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.


I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.


I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.


I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.


I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.


If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.


If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.


If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.


In my country we go to prison first and then become President.


It always seems impossible until its done.


It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.


Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.


Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.


Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.


Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.


Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.


Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.


The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.


There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.


There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.


There is no such thing as part freedom.


There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.


There is nothing like returning to a place that reminds unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.


We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.


When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

LIVING AS THOUGH THERE IS "OUR FATHER" - INDISPENSABLE.

Is there a "God?"
NO MATTER.

Living as though there is
one, loving Father/Mother/Power of us all is
INDISPENSABLE.

This is no more "religious"
than is MATH!
Both are indispensable constructs.

Here's what does me:
(devour each of these links.)

Let's get on with it.