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James Baldwin: “One is responsible to life….”

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.  Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.  It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death – ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.  One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return …. from “Down at the Cross,” in The Fire Next Time
   

 

 

Molly Peacock – poet and performance artist

Any woman, at any stage of her life, can stop to examine her own history, experience and personal power and marvel at what she’s learned…My definition of performance? Knowing you have to do your best, not only because people out there are expecting it but because you’ve learned that you really have your best to give.


Wilma Dykeman

As we have misused our richest land, we have misused ourselves; as we have wasted our bountiful water, we have wasted ourselves; as we have diminished the lives of one whole segment of our people, we have diminished ourselves. 


Courtney Martin

Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.


Lynne Kelly

Some believers accuse skeptics of having nothing left but a dull, cold, scientific world. I am left with only art, music, literature, theatre, the magnificence of nature, mathematics, the human spirit, sex, the cosmos, friendship, history, science, imagination, dreams, oceans, mountains, love, and the wonder of birth. That’ll do for me.


Gloria Steinem

~I don’t care if younger women know who I am. I want them to know who they are.

~Many of us live the unlived dreams of our mothers. While that is wonderful that we get to live it, it would be better if our mothers were able to live it themselves.

~If we don’t have democratic families we are not going to have a democratic society.  As the family is, so is the society.

~A movement has to last a century to be truly absorbed into a society.  The way I figure it, we are 40 years into it (referring to Women’s and Civil Rights movements).

~Considering our society’s obsession with accumulation, I would teach two courses about money: “Money is boring” and “What is enough?”


Fatimah’ Shabazz

Our solar eclipse and summer solstice…Eclipses wash away the past to start a whole new cycle of energy. Powerful doorways to create major shifts and creative cycles of energy. The Solar & Lunar Eclipse generally come in pairs. The Solar Eclipse opens the heart for the lunar eclipse to wash away the old. Freedom is one of the themes of this eclipse…receiving and envisioning.


THE NEW COLUSSUS by Emma Lazarus (followed by Readers’ Poems for 2017)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Nelson Mandela

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. 


Donella Meadows

Everyone except the far right wing of the Republican Party realizes that oil, gas and coal burning are the main activities that have sent the climate into bigger floods, droughts, hurricanes, and El Ninos.


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