movement, movement

Posted in culture, quotes by amoslanka on September 16, 2008

A few quotes by Jean-François Revel.

A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than to an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence. 

It is unlikely that we will ever be capable of building a world that is qualitatively better than we ourselves are.

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  1. .escamilla. said, on September 16, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    to say the least…

    i somewhat feel already beaten when i think about accomplishing peace on grand levels.
    but then i have to remind myself what my job is – accomplish what little steps i can and let God worry about the grand scheme of things, especially since He’s the ultimate victor.

  2. amoslanka said, on September 16, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    @escamilla —

    thanks for the comment. You know, I wonder if our mentality of trying to fix the whole world is largely what stands in the way of actually changing it. If it is changeable, it can only happen via the small things. Reminds me of Gandhi’s quotes about being the change you want to see in the world. We americans have what I call a celebrity complex — leading us to think that anythign and everything we do to “change the world” must be big and huge like bono, or else its useless. Not so, and I think Gandhi would likely agree with me. One person’s greatest contribution starts with unconditional love for those around them.

  3. Katie said, on September 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I utterly agree. (hehe we agree :P)

    I was going to respond to using your Gandhi quotes from earlier but you have. It seems as though we are trying to “fix” the wrong things when viewing the world. That is why when people say “I want world peace” I cringe, for what is that supposed to exactly mean?

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