My Blog Motto

"Good judgement comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgement"

~Rita Mae Brown

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today's Quote from Emma Goldman

Thursdays Thoughts
  “Idealists...foolish enough to throw caution to the winds...have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.”
 Emma Goldman quote

               Idealism has been both cherished and reviled at different points in history; I suspect the change in sentiment can often be traced to political and economic conditions and the role Idealism may play in either serving, or upsetting, the status quo. When it all boils down to the gravy, I agree with Ms Goldman that it is Idealism that plants the seeds of change and progressive movement in any culture. The key is in the statement ..."foolish enough to throw caution to the winds..."

Idealism requires Action, in order to create change. I think that at this moment in history we are witnessing the manifestation of Idealism that has simmering in the kettle  for several years now. There are Revolutions in Libya and Egypt, and all over America people are uniting and organizing to prevent a few politicians from stripping us of our hard earned Labor rights, environmental protections, social safety nets and Public Education.
Idealism, the power to imagine a better world, to visualize systems of cooperation and equality is what enables us to speak up when our rights are being violated. Without Idealism and creative thought we would be like sheep, content to focus on our t.v. shows, celebrity addictions and other nonsense.  Idealism, whether in vogue or not, is without a doubt a necessary ingredient in the recipe for creating a meal that can sustain us all.
Any thoughts? Agree? Disagree? I always love to hear others thoughts!

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