Maggie Kuhn was an activist for the elderly, for women, and for social justice. I love this quote.
“We all have so much to learn from others. When you have friends, you can always have faith in them, and never underestimate what they can do for you. Selfishness and egoism is what keeps us alone. If you remain isolated, you will never get your individuality. There is a world above your walls you need to discover.
Having skills or a talent is great, being proud of it is even better, but it’s not a contest. Bragging about it and claim, convince yourself that “you’re the best” is an illusion. Being humble with yourself is the grant of your own dignity.
Give up with stereotypes and premashed concepts, reality isn’t made with boxes. Everybody is different, you should never underestimate someone’s talent or skills based on their social class or education before you see by your eyes what they can do.”
I was musing over the implications of what these words could mean in the context of social change… it's sooo easy to be swept away in thought.
Henry Louis Mencken (12 September 1880 – 29 January 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the “Sage of Baltimore” and the “American Nietzsche”. He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.
EDIT: Source from Wikipedia
“There are very few individuals in the world who are psychologically free… because if you are a Mohammedan you are not psychologically free; if you are a Hindu you are not psychologically free. Our whole way of bringing up children is to make them slaves – slaves of political ideologies, social ideologies, religious ideologies. We don’t give them a chance to think on their own, to search on their own. We force their minds… we stuff their minds with things which we are also not experienced in…
You are teaching your children things that you don’t know yourself. You are just conditioning their minds, because your minds were conditioned by your parents.
This way the disease goes on from one generation to another generation. Psychological freedom will be possible when children are allowed to grow, helped to grow to more intellect, more intelligence, more consciousness, more alertness. No belief is given to them. They are not taught any kind of faith, but they are given as much incentive as possible to search for truth. And they have to be reminded from the very beginning: your own truth, your own ﬁnding, is going to liberate you; nothing else can do that for you.
Truth cannot be borrowed. It cannot be studied in books. Nobody can inform you about it. You have to sharpen your intelligence yourself, so that you can look into existence and ﬁnd it.
If a child is left open, receptive, alert, and given the incentive for search, he will have psychological freedom. And with psychological freedom comes tremendous responsibility. You don’t have to teach it to him; it comes like the shadow of psychological freedom. And he will be grateful to you.
Otherwise every child is angry at his parents because they spoiled him: they destroyed his freedom, they conditioned his mind. Even before he asked any questions, they ﬁlled his mind with answers which are all bogus because they are not based on his own experience.
The world lives in a psychological slavery.” – Osho, the Path of the Mystic
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.
Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984 ”
as a social worker I use this one alot in variations