Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thank You, CUJP!

Walking home last night I passed the Cambridge United for Justice with Peace, Area Four Neighborhood Coalition, and Veteran's For Peace people in Central Square.  They're out there on the corner of Mass. Ave.  and Putnam every Wednesday, bless 'em.

They were distributing  leaflets with a quote from Howard Zinn from You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train  And here's that quote:

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.  It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.  What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.  If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.  And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."


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