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must change our lives, so that it will be possible
to live by the contrary assumption that what is
good for the world will be good for us. And that
requires that we make the effort to know the world
and to learn what is good for it. We must learn
to cooperate in its processes, and to yield to
its limits. But even more important, we must learn
to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery;
we will never entirely understand it. We must
abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover
the sense of the majesty of creation, and the
ability to be worshipful in its presence. For
I do not doubt that it is only on the condition
of humility and reverence before the world that
our species will be able to remain in it.
is hardly a study in the entire literature which
fails to demonstrate that satisfaction in work is
enhanced or that other generally acknowledged beneficial
consequences accrue from a genuine increase in workers'
decision-making power. Such consistency of findings,
I admit is rare in social research
-- Paul Blumberg
acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears
about disability and disease
are as handicapping as are the physical limitations
that flow from actual impairment.”
-- William J. Brennan, Jr.
I feel we are so blessed to live in a country where
we enjoy so many rights that other countries cannot
even begin to imagine. However, it terrifies me
that we seem to have lost touch with our connection
to the earth. I am concerned that we have risen
to such heights of arrogance in our refusal to acknowledge
that our earth is rapidly changing in ways that
might affect us catastrophically but instead, we
hold steadfast to our belief that nothing can happen
to us as a people.
Democracy doesn't recognize east or west; democracy
is simply people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge
that there are various models of democracy; there
is just democracy itself.
forgive is to set yourself free, to acknowledge that
it does no good to hate.
Hate really, really destroys both the other person and
hat realization is what I think taught me about forgiveness,
and so I try to live by it."
--Ruby Bridges Hall
for approval and recognition is a healthy motive,
but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger,
or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow
scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic
psychological adjustment, which may become injurious
for the individual and for the community.
organizing for political rights will probably be
treated initially with ridicule and derision, and
then with misunderstanding and perhaps eventually
violence if the experience of the struggle for women's
suffrage is any precedent. Undoubtedly the greatest
obstacle to be overcome is the adult refusal to
acknowledge that children suffer political discrimination
and exclusion. Adults do not perceive children as
a minority group but as helpless, inexperienced,
defenseless young people who need protection. Adult
paternalism seeks to protect and if in this process
it curtails freedom, truncates potential and destroys
civil liberties this is taken to be incidental.
The belief in the legitimacy of paternalism justifies
and cements the existing power relationships between
adults and young people. This attitude must be confronted,
challenged and refuted if young people are to secure
their political rights..."
-- Bob Franklin "The Rights of Children"
brings us together – across generation, class, and often
in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence,
in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that ‘we are caught
in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied to a single garment of destiny.’
In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in
but unfinished drama of reinventing community,
while reaffirming that there is an important role for
each of us in it.
-- Marc Freedman
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December
1948) in most solemn form, the dignity of a person
is acknowledged to all human beings; and as a
consequence there is proclaimed, as a fundamental
right, the right of free movement in search for
truth and in the attainment of moral good and
of justice, and also the right to a dignified
-- Pope John XXIII, 1881-1963 Pacem in Terris,
that you failed, draw your lessons from it,
and use it to your advantage to make sure it never
-- Michael Johnson
we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each
act is an act of choice and therefore sacred,
then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment.
When we live at this level, we participate in the creation
of a better world."
-- Scout Cloud Lee
need to build millions of little moments of caring
on an individual level. Indeed, as talk of a politics
of meaning becomes more widespread, many people
will feel it easier to publicly acknowledge their
own spiritual and ethical aspirations and will
allow themselves to give more space to their highest
vision in their personal interactions with others.
A politics of meaning is as much about these millions
of small acts as it is about any larger change.
The two necessarily go hand in hand.
believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities,
and that our leaders must say so in the face of
the gun manfuacturer's lobby. But I also believe
that when a gangbanger shoots indiscriminately
into a crowd because he feels someone disrespected
him, we have a problem of morality. Not only do
we need to punish that man for his crime, but
we need to acknowledge that there's a hole in
his heart, one that government programs alone
may not be able to repair.
am an American; free born and free bred, where I
acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his
own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own
here lies the corner stone of all the injustices
done woman, the wrong idea from which all other
wrongs proceed. She is not acknowledged as mistress
of herself. For her cradle to her grave she is
another's. We do indeed need and demand the other
rights of which I have spoken, but let us first
an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge
his dignity as a human being,
his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” --
we acknowledge the kingdom of the self,
we will no longer accept slavery either for ourselves
or for others, no matter how it is disguised.
-- Gerry L. Spence
I want to remind people that in the Indigenous
Traditions, women are very important. Not because
we are told we are important but because we know
that since forever and always, we have had the
power and the capacity to give birth, raise women
and men and to take care of the earth. It is today
that I thusly give celebration to all the women
on Earth. I would like to ask my sisters to give
up the thoughts and actions of the word victim.
We are no longer Victims & We are strong! I would
like to address an acknowledgement to each woman
here today. We have the power and that power is
rising. Use it to preserve, teach, share, and
raise our voices, to save our children, our planet,
our people, and our earth mother. Don't share
the things that have hurt us but share what can
save us. Turn our scars into Stars! Come together
and reclaim what is inherently ours, the power
to bring forth nurturing Peace! May Peace Prevail!"