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society must make it right and possible for old
people not to fear the young or be deserted by
them, for the test of a civilization is the way
that it cares for its helpless members.
-- Pearl S. Buck
his scientific genius, man has wrought material
miracles and has transformed his world. He has harnassed
nature and has developed great civilizations. But
he has never learned very well how to live with
himself. The values he has created have been predominantly
materialistic; his spiritual values have lagged
far behind. He has demonstrated little spiritual
genius and has made little progress toward the realization
of human brotherhood. In the contemporary atomic
age, this could prove man's fatal weakness.
-- Ralph J. Bunche
right tools for solving disputes within our community
are precision instruments such as reason, communication,
empathy, curiosity, and understanding. They are
also the right tools for building a global civilization
of peace and prosperity.
-- Paul K. Chappell
degree of civilization in a society can be judged by
entering its prisons.
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
family is the nucleus of civilization.
-- Ariel and Will Durant
is the transmission of civilization.
-- Will Durant
"only world law can assure progress towards
a civilized peaceful community."
-- Albert Einstein
"The world no longer has a choice between force
and law; if civilization is to survive, it must
choose the rule of law."
-- Dwight D.
" A civilization built on dualism and war
within and between persons, one that puts its
most creative minds and its best engineers to
sadistic work building more and more destructive
weapons, is no civilization at all. It needs a
radical transformation from the heart outwards.
It needs to outgrow and outlaw war just as in
the last century it outlawed slavery. The human
race has outgrown war, but it hardly knows it
yet." -- Matthew
civilization, so addicted to knowledge, has fled
from wisdom. Knowledge is very, very powerful.
If it is not tempered and contoured by greater
visions, like justice, compassion, beauty, grace
and thinking of the next generation and seven
generations to come -- then indeed, it is dangerous.
Unfortunately, many of our educational systems
in the West are still very dangerous places."
making of peace is a continuing process that must go
on from day to day,
from year to year, so long as our civilization shall
-- J. William Fulbright
Water, like religion and ideology, has the power
to move millions of people. Since the very birth
of human civilization, people have moved to settle
close to it. People move when there is too little
of it. People move when there is too much of it.
People journey down it. People write, sing and
dance about it. People fight over it. And all
people, everywhere and every day, need it.
-- Mikhail Gorbachev
the farmer holds the title to the land, actually,
it belongs to all the people because civilization
itself rests upon the soil."
~ Thomas Jefferson
is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged
by, and is necessary for, civilization.
-- Arthur Keith
we are fighting for is not just the fishes and
the birds. We protect nature not for nature's
sake but for our own sake because it's the infrastructure
of our communities, and if we want to meet the
obligations of our civilization and our culture
which are to create communities for our children
that provide them with the same opportunities
for dignity and enrichment as the communities
that our parents gave us, we've got to start by
protecting that infrastructure; the air that we
breathe, the water that we drink, the landscapes
that enrich us. We're not protecting nature for
nature's sake. We're protecting it because it
enriches us, yes, it enriches our economy and
we ignore that at our peril. But it is also enriching
us aesthetically, recreationally, culturally,
historically and spiritually. Human beings have
other appetites besides money. And if we don't
feed them, we're not going to grow up…we're not
going to become the kind of beings that our creator
intended us to become."
is a community theory of society which is founded
on economic, spiritual, and biological facts.
It maintains that respect for a healthy development
of human society and of world civilization requires
that mankind be organized internationally. Nationalities
should form the constitutive links in a great
world alliance, and must be guaranteed an independent
life in the realm of the spiritual and for locally
delimited tasks, while economic and political
objectives must be guided internationally in a
spirit of peaceful cooperation for the promotion
of mankind's common interests. -- Christian
has ceased to be that delicate flower which was preserved
and painstakingly cultivated in one or two sheltered
areas of a soil rich in wild species ... Mankind has
opted for monoculture; it is in the process of creating
a mass civilization, as beetroot is grown in the mass.
Henceforth, man's daily bill of fare will consist only
of this one item.
-- Claude Levi-Strauss
great question is, can war be outlawed from the world?
If so, it would mark the greatest advance in civilization
since the Sermon on the Mount.
-- Douglas MacArthur
We must construct a new set of values and attitudes
to replace the culture of war which, for centuries,
has been influencing the course of civilization.
Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to
establish, on a democratic basis, a new social framework
of tolerance and generosity from which no one will
-- Federico Mayor
festival of martial glory or warrior's renown is this;
no pageant pomp of war-like conquest, no glory of fratricidal
strife attend this day. It is dedicated to peace, civilization
and the triumphs of industry. It is a demonstration
of fraternity and the harbinger of a better age--a more
chivalrous time, when labor shall be best honored and
-- Peter J. McGuire, Father of Labor Day
little wilderness remains displays the patterns
we must return to, if our species and as many
others as now remain are to persist here a while.
Ideally this would call for a broad cultural rapprochment
with the wild, a long overdue armistice in civilization’s
war upon it.
~ Stephanie Mills
is a damnable, filthy thing and has destroyed civilization
-- Philip Noel-Baker
in a free society do individuals have the best chance
to seek virtue, strive for excellence, improve their
economic well-being, and achieve personal happiness...
The worthy goals of civilization can only be achieved
by freedom loving individuals. When government uses
force, liberty is sacrificed and the goals are lost.
It is freedom that is the source of all creative energy.
-- Ron Paul
idea of what constitutes social good has advanced
with the procession of the ages, from those
desperate times when just to keep body and soul
together was an achievement, to the great present
when "good" includes an agreeable, stable civilization
accessible to all, the opportunity of each to
develop his particular genius and the privilege
of mutual usefulness."
-- Frances Perkins
is an efficiency parameter if we look at the whole
global civilization. It is not an efficient way
of meeting human needs if one billion people starve
while another billion have excess. It would be more
efficient to distribute resources so that at least
vital needs were met everywhere. Otherwise, for
example, if kids are starving somewhere, dad goes
out to slash and burn the rain forest to feed them
-- and so would I if my kids were dying. And this
kind of destruction is everyone's problem, because
we live in the same ecosphere."
-- Karl-Henrik Robert
civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the
science of human relationships - the ability of
all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in
the same world at peace."
arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
-- Carl Sagan
is now almost 40 years since the invention of
nuclear weapons. We have not yet experienced a
global thermonuclear war -- although on more than
one occasion we have come tremulously close. I
do not think our luck can hold forever. Men and
machines are fallible, as recent events remind
us. Fools and madmen do exist, and sometimes rise
to power. Concentrating always on the near future,
we have ignored the long-term consequences of
our actions. We have placed our civilization and
our species in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is not
yet too late. We can safeguard the planetary civilization
and the human family if we so choose. There is
no more important or more urgent issue. --
"The Globalization of humanity is a natural, biological,
evolutionary process. Yet we face an enormous
crisis because the most central and important
aspect of globalization-its economy-is currently
being organized in a manner that so gravely violates
the fundamental principles by which healthy living
systems are organized that it threatens the demise
of our whole civilization.
civilization is locked in the grip of an ideology -
corporatism. An ideology that denies and undermines
the legitimacy of individuals as the citizen in a democracy.
The particular imbalance of this ideology leads to a
worship of self-interest and a denial of the public
good. The practical effects on the individual are passivity
and conformism in the areas that matter, and non-conformism
in the areas that don't
-- John Ralston Saul
can only revive when there shall come into being
in a number of individuals a new tone of mind,
independent of the prevalent one among the crowds,
and in opposition to it -- a tone of mind which
will gradually win influence over the collective
one, and in the end determine its character. Only
an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism,
and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals.
-- Albert Schweitzer
once we recognize that many ideas that are taken
to be quintessentially Western have also flourished
in other civilizations, we also see that these
ideas are not as culture-specific as is sometimes
claimed. We need not begin with pessimism, at
least on this ground, about the prospects of reasoned
humanism in the world. -- Amartya
the chief pretense of civilization, cannot exist
where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty,
hangs over everyone's head
-- George Bernard
expanding ethnic diversity of this century, a
time when we will all be minorities, offers us
an invitation to create a larger memory of who
we are as Americans and to re-affirm our founding
principle of equality. Let's put aside fears of
the "disuniting of America" and warnings of the
"clash of civilizations." As Langston Hughes sang,
"Let America be America, where equality is in
the air we breathe."
-- Ronald Takaki