Philosophical Wisdom

Justice not only sees the place of everything, it feels the place of everything. Justice is that which knows what to do to restore things to their right place and knows when and how to do it.
— Jacob Needleman in The American Soul

Cultural Criticism

The culture of competitive individualism has carried the logic of individualism to the extreme of a war of all against all.
— Christopher Lasch, American historian

Musician Wisdom

The blues is a music of the heart, it expresses all human emotions, everything that life can throw at you— all the ups and downs — it’s all there. When you hear the blues it reminds your heart what it means to be human.
— Charlie Musselwhite, a Mississippi born singer

Journalist Wisdom

A complete retooling is needed -- a paradigm shift that revises the core principles that guide our culture top to bottom. At this historical moment, the commons vision of a society where “we” matters as much as “me” shines as a beacon of hope for a better world.
— Jay Walljasper in “What, Really, Is the Commons?”

Catholic Wisdom

The great temptation is to let people take our peace away. This happens whenever we become angry, hostile, bitter, spiteful, manipulative, or vengeful when others do not respond favorably to the good news we bring to them.
— Henri J.M. Nouwen in Bread for the Journey

Buddhist Wisdom

A steady diet of negative news makes the mind ill. Give the mind the good medicine of silence, beauty, and loving friendship.
— Jan Chosen Bays in How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness

Protestant Wisdom

To know God is to do justice. To recognize this implacable moral imperative of the faith represents the kind of good religion that mixes well with politics.
— William Sloane Coffin in Credo

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