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IPS Quotations

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IPS Quotations

  1. 1. Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human . . . You share what you have. It is to say, "My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours." We belong in a bundle of life. We say "A person is a person through other persons." It is not "I think therefore I am." It says rather "I am human because I belong, I participate, I share." A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are. - Desmond Tutu, from No Future without Forgiveness
  2. 2. I brought food to the hungry And people called me a saint I asked why people were hungry And people called me a communist - Dom Helder Camara (advocate of liberation theology)
  3. 3. Demanding clarity about thoughts and feelings before sharing them can be a real problem . . . What I need is to share my jumbled up inner dialogue with someone who can hear, and in listening, can help me to hear myself. I am sorting out my thoughts and feelings if someone is not judging me right or wrong, consistent or inconsistent; not diagnosing and attaching labels; not pressing for logic and clarity. I do more than enough judging, labeling and pressing for answers as I listen to myself. When I press too hard and doggedly for total understanding, I get too bottled up and stop up the sounds inside. - Earl Koike, from Listening as a Way of Becoming
  4. 4. To me, all the work I do is built on a foundation of loving-kindness. Love illuminates matters. And when I write provocative social and cultural criticism that causes readers to stretch their minds, to think beyond set paradigms, I think of that as love in action. While it may challenge, disturb and at times even frighten or enrage readers, love is always the place where I begin and end . - bell hooks
  5. 5. <ul><li>. . I want to say a word about faith. &quot;Faith&quot; and &quot;religion&quot; are being thrown around and served up to us in ways that are at the moment rather sickening. Religion of any denomination can motivate the worst acts and be a rationale for hate. And yet it's hard to get through times like these without faith in something. </li></ul><ul><li>I don't generally like to inflict my spirituality on people who might not want it. But I feel moved to tell you what's getting me through the night, along with the love and support of my community. It's the faith that there is a great, creative power that works through the living world toward life, diversity, healing and regeneration. That power works in us, in our human love, in our work for justice, in our courage and our visions. We don't need priests or ministers or even Witches to contact that power for us - we each have our own direct line. It exists within us, infinite, unlimited. Ultimately, it is stronger than fear, stronger than violence, stronger than hate. I wish you all deep contact with whatever feeds your soul, and nourishment from whomever and whatever you most love. </li></ul><ul><li>- Starhawk, from Webs of Power, Notes from the Global Uprising </li></ul>

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