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young minds are impressionable ... they start out an unformed lump of clay.

my young mind was very much impressed by the words of wisdom I occasionally heard, from courageous leaders of the day.

leaders who were fighting hard, to make the world a more fair and equitable place.

leaders who did change the world for the better, in the short time they had ...


young minds remember that kind of wisdom ... and then the pain.


“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

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

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.  -- thinkexist.com -- page 2


“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.  -- thinkexist.com -- page 1


“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

“But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?”

“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”

“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

-- Robert Francis Kennedy  -- thinkexist.com -- page 1


“It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.”

“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.”

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”

“The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.”

-- Robert Francis Kennedy  -- thinkexist.com -- page 2 & 3




young minds are impressionable ... they eventually become well-worn vessels

which are capable of storing up the wisdom ... and the pain.

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and hopefully we strive to do better, to make the most of the short time we each have -- to help make the world a more fair and equitable place.

... as all true leaders before us, have tried to do ...



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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)


    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:40:08 AM PDT

  •  The words which haunt me: (3+ / 0-)
    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    Are strong motivators, and still I can be unaware and miss too many opportunities. Far too many feel as if they've been "othered" into corners.

    One who did shape history in a big way said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

    We can do little to impact those "on the other side," to put it as gently as I know how to. There are worlds of choices we each get to make about how to maximize our results by finding better ways to work together with other progressives, though.

    I think LBJ used to say, "It's amazing what a person can accomplish if they don't care who gets the credit for it."

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 10:39:26 AM PDT

    •  look how much (2+ / 0-)

      LBJ managed to change,

      and he mostly just got the blame for it.

      mostly for the war, he inherited.

      the wars Ike warned us about.


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 10:41:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  President Johnson learned, as we all must, (3+ / 0-)

        that none of us can do as much individually as we can collectively.

        President Obama needs to ask more clearly for our help, too.

        As powerful as the presidency can be (unfortunately, this seems most obvious when the R's are debauching it), even that person can only do their own part.

        Honestly, I'm often ashamed of how little I contribute. All any of us can do is to live and learn and do our best. With my bustle to accomplish unimportant details, I see all too often that I've missed opportunities. Used as positively as i can, that can allow better focus for the future.

        Improvement, it's what progressivism is all about.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 11:08:59 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  what rfk said, i'd change a bit: (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, luckylizard

    as long as there is plenty, poverty is the result of deliberate policy

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