morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and
an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day.
- E.B. White (1899-1995)
Decide to network
Use every letter
To express your
fundamental beliefs and dreams
Affirm to others
the vision of the world you want
You are the center
of a network
You are the center
of the world
You are a free,
immensely powerful source of life and goodness
Think day and
night about it
And you will see
a miracle happen
of your own life.
In a world of
big powers, media and monopolies
But of [five]
and a half billion individuals
the new freedom
the new democracy
a new form of
- Robert Muller
Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations
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for Mother's Day ~ Boston 1870
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism
be that of water or of tears! Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions
decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us,
reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not
be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them
of charity, mercy, and patience. We women of one country will be too
tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained
to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated earth
a voice goes up with our own.
It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword
of murder is not the balance of justice." Blood does not wipe out
dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow
and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that
may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to
bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel
with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can
live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress,
not of Caesar, but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity,
I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of
nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote
the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
Howe (author of Battle Hymn of the Republic)
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