Now, with peace in our hearts and power in our hands, the time to reclaim both ourselves and our world is upon us. This is our generational task, our shared responsibility, and our best hope for salvation. Let us meet it willingly, together.
In 2010, one out of every 15 Americans were living in extreme poverty, defined as those with incomes of 50 percent or less of the poverty level. Now, new poverty measures adopted by the Census Bureau indicate the numbers may be worse.
If what we seek, then, is a more sustainable and just social order, how should we recalibrate our public schools -- the institutions most responsible for equipping children with the skills and self-confidence they need to become effective and justice-oriented change agents as adults?
Let no group or party exploit what many of us see as the growth of ignorance and indifference in society. Policies that lead to short-sighted political and economic gain will be easily seen for what they are.
Consider the contrast between Gandhi's precarious, defenseless efforts to reach his fellow humans, traveling alone and armed only with truth, and, in contrast, weigh U.S. reliance on a massive arsenal of weapons and armed warriors.
As I was perusing my favorite online quotations page recently, I was shocked to discover our new president, a real 'newbie' in terms of governing much less generating legacy quotes that should be remembered through the ages, has 21 quotes listed for himself.
Until Washington gets the courage to trust the American people to handle hard and sobering decisions -- and develops a plan of action that does not favor one interest group over another -- real economic solutions are not going to come from Washington.
Media and society in general no longer inspire us or appeal to our own individual power to improve the world. In fact, we have been conditioned to leave that messy business to our elected officials. But it doesn't have to be this way.