A Greater Democracy Day by Day

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Council Oak Books, 2004 - Political Science - 256 pages
The word democracy has been over-used and misused to the point it has begun to lose its meaning for many of us. When people start brandishing that word, we often suspect that they have a political agenda. A Greater Democracy Day by Day rehabilitates the word by bringing together 365 thought-provoking quotes from around the world and through time, all centered on this concept that is the keystone of modern society. The book presents a theme for each month and a quote about that theme to ponder on each day of the year. Like fingers pointing to the moon, these diverse daily readings point to the singular essence of democracy -- a greater democracy than any nation on earth has been able to achieve thus far -- the fuller democracy toward which we are growing. The format is user-friendly as well as inspirational. Throughout the year, the book focuses on twelve characteristic democratic themes such as interdependence or creativity and provides related quotations from individuals both famous and lesser-known. What emerges is a powerful sense of both the fragility and the durability of democracy in its many forms, as well as the ways its promise continues to prompt ordinary people to bring the angels of their better nature to the challenges they face. Quoted are such diverse figures as Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Plato, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Socrates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, St. Francis of Assisi, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Whoopi Goldberg, and all sort of less well-known individuals who have given thought and voice to the meaning of democracy (and in many cases acted on their ideals). This inspirational book cuts through the rhetoric to integrate practicalspiritual themes. It re-infuses democracy with meaning and inspires readers to new vision and positive action.

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Contents

roots and wings
11
Courage
29
Every Voice
43
Out of Many One
57
Independence
73
Emergence
87
Creativity
99
Spirit Within
113
Right Relationship
127
Love in Action
141
Cooperation
155
Agents of Change
169
Index of Sources Quoted
187
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Page 37 - Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
Page 16 - A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Page 144 - Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much Seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Page 144 - O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Page 37 - Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Page 54 - It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Page 144 - What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
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Page 123 - I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

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