October MOON Shine

“Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?” — Desmond Tutu

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” — Nelson Mandela

“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.” — Muslim saying

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.” — Coretta Scott King

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority; the test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” — Ralph W. Sockman

“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” — Booker T. Washington

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.”  ― Martin Niemöller

“We appeal to the individual American because the transformation of a whole nation ultimately depends on the initiative and change of character of the individuals who compose it.” — The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes

“I grew up in a family that could not see past the color line. To me, one of the most important accomplishments in my life is to know that I have broken the chain of racism in my family.” — Michille Akhavi

“It’s really important to share the idea that being different might feel like a problem at the time, but ultimately diversity is a strength.” – Carson Kressley

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.”  ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”  ― Rumi

“Music 101 discussion topic: which piano keys are superior; ebony or ivory?”  – Unknown

“Humans are at the top of nature’s heap. Ye humans need everything that’s in the heap under ye to support yer form of life. But nothing in the heap needs that human at the top. Ye humans are the most expendable of all—yet ye all think ye’re indispensable!” – Alvey, the elf, in The Elves of Lily Hill Farm

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”           ― Ani DiFranco

“I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an Eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable…has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.”  ― T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn

“In their ancient League the Iroquois presented to us a type of Federal Republic under whose roof and around whose council fire all people might dwell in peace and freedom. Our nation gathers its people from many peoples of the Old World, its language and its free institutions it inherits from England, its civilization and art from Greece and Rome, its religion from Judea — and even these red men of the forest have wrought some of the chief stones in our national temple.” – Herbert M. Lloyd

“Politically, there was nothing in the Empires and kingdoms of Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to parallel the democratic constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy, with its provisions for initiative, referendum and recall, and its suffrage for women as well as for men.”   — Felix Cohen

“Between 1868 and 1881 thirty-one million buffalo were killed by white men with high-powered rifles. Mostly people didn’t trouble themselves about the consequences. It was simply capitalism working itself out, the exploitation of another natural resource. It was also a deliberate political act – killing the Indians’ food supply.”  — S.C Gwynne

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”          ― Albert Einstein

“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”  ― Gene Roddenberry

“If diversity is a source of wonder, its opposite — the ubiquitous condensation to some blandly amorphous and singularly generic modern culture that takes for granted an impoverished environment — is a source of dismay. There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times.” ― Wade Davis, The Wayfinders

“Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.” ― James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds


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One Response to October MOON Shine

  1. John Brier October 30, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    The link to Ross Gay’s article on the current home page is broken, it should be the 29th, not the 30th


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