Auteur : Millennia2025
Source : Eleanor Roosevelt
"Once more we are in a period of uncertainty, of danger, in which not only our own safety but that of all mankind is threatened. Once more we need the qualities that inspired the developement of the democratic way of livre. We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high heart. We need to fan the spark of conviction, which may again inspire the world as we did with our new idea of the dignity and the Worth of free men. But first we must learn to cast out fear. People who "view with alarm" never build anything". (p. 5).
"In the following pages I have set down one woman's attempt to analyze what problems there are to be met, one citizen's approach to ways in which they may be met, and one human being's bold affirmation that, whith imagination, with courage, with faith in ourselves and our cause - the fundamental dignity of all mankind - wthey will be met". (p. 5).
" It was John Admas who said, "The American Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people."
I am stressing that it is the force of ideas rather than the impact of material things that made us a great nation. It is my conviction, too, that only the power of ideas, of enduring values, can keep us a great nation. For, where there is no vision the people perish." (p. 11-12).
"What causes this persistent blindness, this stubborn refusal to recognize the inexorable force of change in the world? I find it difficult to accept the fact that the descendants of men and women who created a brand-new society have grown resistant not only to change itself but even to accepting the fact that change exists. What inhibits so many of us from defining our problems clearly, and from seeking a solution that is suited to the structure of our modern world?" (p. 15).
"I have often wondered how many people over the age of, say, fifty, try to reconstruct their past in the light of today. Only by doing so can one form a sharp picture of a changing world, and of the changes one has had to make oneself, no matter how painfully or reluctantly, to adjust to that world." (p. 21).
"Why are we now afraid to change? How can we regain our sense of boldness in the face of danger, of imagination to create new solutions, of courage and high-heartedness in carrying them out?". (p. 21).
"In a sense, nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view. It is as though people would literrally rather die than change." (p. 21-22).
"For on our ability to meet the challenge depends the future of America, probably the future of the world. Is it to be The Waste Land or The Good Earth?". (p. 22).
E.R., Hyde Park, August 1962.
Eleanor Roosevelt, "Tomorrow Is Now",
Foreword by William Jefferson Clinton, Introduction by Allida Black,
London, Penguin Classics, 1963 - 2012.
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