June 13th, 2002

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On Making the World Better -- Abbie Hoffman



http://pandemo.livejournal.com/610455.html

(Gacked from acoolsecretary)

We are here to make a better world. No amount of rationalization or blaming can preempt the moment of choice each of us brings to our situation here on this planet. The lesson of the '60s is that people who cared enough to do right could change history. We didn't end racism but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you could send half-a-million soldiers around the world to fight a war that people do not support. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. We made the environment an issue that couldn't be avoided. The big battles that we won cannot be reversed. We were young, self-righteous, reckless, hypocritical, brave, silly, headstrong and scared half to death.

And we were right.
    -- Abbie Hoffman
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On Miracles -- Ralph Waldo Emerson



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A deep man believes in miracles, waits for them, believes in magic, believes that the orator will decompose his adversary; believes that the evil eye can wither, that the heart’s blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent; can overcome all odds.
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. “Beauty,” The Conduct of Life (1860).
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On Moderation -- William Lloyd Garrison



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Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a case like the present.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879), U.S. abolitionist. The Liberator (Jan. 1, 1831). Editorial; this launched Garrison’s newspaper in his antislavery campaign.
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On Morality -- Derek Jarman

Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea.  Understand that your morality is not law.  Understand that we are you.  Understand that if we decide to have sex, whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision, and you have no rights in our lovemaking.

~ Derek Jarman

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On Morality -- Immanuel Kant

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

~ Immanuel Kant

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On Motherhood -- Edna Pontellier in "The Awakening" by Katie Chopin



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I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children, but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me.
    -- Edna Pontellier in The Awakening by Katie Chopin
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On Mothers and Daughters -- Victoria Secunda



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The Depression era generation of mothers, reared on the values of flag, Mom, and apple pie, believed in self-sacrifice and commitment to others. For them, the worst fate was to be independent: a spinster, or married to a man who couldn't support his family on his salary alone, and have to work. Their daughters, jolted by Vietnam, the sexual revolution, and feminism, were largely committed to themselves. For them, the worst fate was to be dependent.
    -- Victoria Secunda (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author, in When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends