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Writing Marcos Quote for 10yr anniversary of Chalk Project

Writing Marcos Quote for 10yr anniversary of Chalk Project

 

 

 

 A page of other people’s words- words that have inspired me, comforted me and validated my own ideas. 

 

            “It is a lie.

It is not true that we have to take part in this lethal market. It is not true that there are only options between different kinds of war.

It is not true that we must take part on the side of one or another stupidity. 

It is not true that we must renounce intelligence and humanity.

Another, different world is possible than this violent supermarket that neo-liberalism is selling us. Another world is possible, where the option is between war and peace, between memory and forgetting, between hope and resignation, between the gray and the rainbow. A world where many worlds fit is possible. It is possible for an imperfect “yes!”, unfinished and incomplete, to be born from a “no!”, a “yes!” that gives humanity back a hope of rebuilding, every day, the complex bridge that joins thought and feeling.”

– from the mountains of the Mexican Southeast

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

 

“I’ve come to believe that genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us… I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself was what was dumbing them down. Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and the confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to *prevent* children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.”

– John Taylor Gatto

“Do they still call it infatuation? That magic ax that chops away the world in one blow, leaving only the couple standing there trembling? Whatever they call it, it leaps over anything, takes the biggest chair, the largest slice, rules the ground wherever it walks, from a mansion to a swamp, and its selfishness is its beauty…. People with no imagination feed it with sex — the clown of love. They don’t know the real kinds, the better kinds, where losses are cut and everybody benefits. It takes a certain intelligence to love like that — softly, without props.”

Toni Morrison- Love

“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. ”
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“Faith which does not doubt is dead faith. ”
Miguel de Unamuno 

“Grades are a problem. On the most general level, they’re an explicit acknowledgment that what you’re doing is insufficiently interesting or rewarding for you to do it on your own. Nobody ever gave you a grade for learning how to play, how to ride a bicycle, or how to kiss. One of the best ways to destroy love for any of these activities would be through the use of grades, and the coercion and judgment they represent. Grades are a cudgel to bludgeon the unwilling into doing what they don’t want to do, an important instrument in inculcating children into a lifelong subservience to whatever authority happens to be thrust over them.”

– Derrick Jensen

“What I fear and desire most in this world is passion. I fear it because it promises to be spontaneous, out of control, unnamed, beyond my reasonable self. I desire it because passion has color, like the landscape before me. It is not pale. It is not neutral. It reveals the backside of the heart.”

– Derrick Jensen

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

– Khalil Gibran
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. 
Mother Teresa 
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