change is simple

and transformation takes time.

 

The serious threat to our democracy is not the existence of foreign totalitarian states. It is the existence within our own personal attitudes and within our own institutions of conditions which have given a victory to external authority, discipline, uniformity and dependence….

John Dewey, Freedom and Culture

 

The question of whether an economic and political system furthers the cause of human freedom cannot be answered in political and economic terms alone. The only criterion for the realisation of freedom is whether or not the individual actively participates in determining his life and that of society, and this not only in the formal act of voting but in his daily activity, in his work, and in his relations to others.

Erich Fromm, The Fear of Freedom

 

May the eternal light give, not a reason for living and working, but a sense of completeness which makes the search for any such reason unnecessary.

Failing that, the only incentives are fear and gain – fear, which implies the oppression of the people; gain, which implies the corruption of the people.

Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace