I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.
-Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to sleep.
I don’t normally follow my Quote of the Week with a comment. I like people to be able to read the quotes I find important and see if it applies in any way to his or her own experiences. Let everyone interpret them according to their own vision.
I also don’t usually use this blog for statements on public affairs.
But today is different.
Today, I believe that too many of us are pretending to sleep. Pretending that what’s going on in our country has no far-reaching effects. Pretending that since this is America, we can’t possibly lose the rights we fought for in 1776, in 1863, in 1876, in 1965, and in 1973.
Pretending that since what’s being done is done in the name of patriotism and security, it’s all OK. Because we need to be patriotic, right? We need to be secure, right? And that’s what matters most of all… right?
And I find it heartbreakingly appropriate that this particular quote comes from Native Americans.
I’m not trying to make anyone change their minds; I know I can’t persuade anyone to believe something they don’t accept. But I am asking if you would just take a close, honest look at what’s happening right now. Here and all over the world.
See if you think the ends justify the means.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)