Quote [52] – The unworthiness of Wars

“If the economic situation cannot be cleared up without systematic regulation, how much more necessary is such regulation for dealing with the problems of international politics!  Few people still cling to the notion that acts of violence in the shape of wars are either advantageous or worthy of humanity as a method of solving international problems.  But they are not logical enough to make vigorous efforts on behalf of the measures which might prevent war, that savage and unworthy relic if the age of barbarism.  It requires some power of reflection to see the issue clearly and a certain courage to serve this great cause resolutely and effectively.” The world as I see it
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Quote Book – [40] – The Need For Idealism and Pragmatism In Government

But if there is one thing that President Kennedy stood for that touched the most profound feelings of young people around the world, it was the belief that idealism, high aspirations, and deep convictions are not incompatible with the most practical and efficient of programs – that there is no basic inconsistency between ideals and realistic possibilities, no separation between the deepest desires of heart and of mind and the rational application of human effort to human problems. Make gentle the life of this world
To say that the future will be different from the present is, to scientists, hopelessly self-evident.  I observe regretfully that in politics, however, it can be heresy.  It can be denounced as radicalism or branded as subversion.  There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks.  They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. Make gentle the life of the world
Wise policy is setting priorities – differentiating between that which is merely important and that which is truly essential.  And it would be both callous and self-indulgent for those of us who sit comfortably at home to form policy without full knowledge and consciousness of the costs to others, young men and women and children, whose lives turn on the abstractions of our discussion. Make gentle the life of the world

Quote Book – [37] – Social Exclusion & Society

For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night.  This is the violence of institutions: indifference and inaction and slow decay.  This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because of their skins have different colours.  This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.

This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a mans among other men.  And this, too, afflicts us all.

..put a Candid Camera team in a ghetto school and watch what a rotten system of education it really is.  Film a mother staying up all night to keep the rats from her baby… Then I’d ask people to watch it and experience what it means to live in the most affluent society in history – without hope.