Pure vision is more in need of an open mind than a perfect soul. (1993)
When the wisdom of the present is blinded by its own arrogant magnificence, only the reckless belligerence of youth is capable of saving us of from ourselves. Had this not been an integral part of human evolution, life as we know it would never have been possible, would never change. . . would never get better.
Cities need three things to survive as communities in which living is vibrant: “local” schools with no need for busing, varied faith centers serving the spiritual needs of residents and “piazzas” – community gathering places centered in such a way that neighbours of every stripe and hue can congregate and share.
Everything. . . including democracy, has a best before date.
Over-reaction is what authorities too often do when an event occurs before which they should have taken action.
There will always be those who will do anything to keep us frightened. Our best response is to be even more resolute, even more determined, even more brave.
The greatest abusers of this era of victimhood are those who treat it as a windfall.
Societies once gathered in community and in empathy to help find and reconnect a lost child. Today, crowds gather to berate the parent for negligence at having “allowed” the child to get lost in the first place.
2 main indicators of a society’s overall health are the levels of freedom children of all ages exercise within a nurturing environment and the level of inclusion elders enjoy within a community. If a hard look is taken at North American society, children are rarely heard from or seen on city streets and parks at any time during a given year. And after the age of 70 or so, elders rarely partake in communal activities other than those found in “their” homes for the aged. If these can be considered indicators, would it be reasonable to assume that the well-being of North America is rather precarious in the areas of both physical and mental health?
A society which needs to feel good rather than think well courts extinction.