Social Change & Human Rights
Moses and Mandela, Mahatma and Martin, Rosa and Rumi, Marianne and Maya, John and Jackie, Francis and Freida. We each have our own list of those who have come before us who dedicated their life to social change and human right’s. The list may differ, but the need to make the world fair and balanced we share. Deep down I since we all truly want equality. Fear, self-centeredness and programming from our families and society may distort our need to work towards a common good, but trust me, it is their inside of you. We were born with it!
We all need connection and community. We may define community differently. Some of us want deeper connections than others, or at least it appears that way on the surface. But our innate need for connection and community goes back thousands of years before our current state of chaos and mess. When I have experienced greatness in myself or others, it has always been rooted in humility and service. Again, fear and self-centeredness can be great obstacles to achieving greatness as individuals, communities, society and a species. Fear and self-centeredness can be overcome, arrogance, ignorance and laziness not as easily.
Three of my favorite quotes seem helpful…
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
“The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” ~ Audre Lorde
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein
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