Steinem Saturday


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“With instruction from sources as diverse as Plato, the Jesus of the Gnostic Gospels, Emma Goldman, and the Community Workshop School, we could make this vision a reality:

  • Religion could stop telling us we are inherently sinful, and encourage the godlikeness and self-authority in each of us instead.
  • Business could depend less on titles and taking orders, and more on the satisfaction of work that is self-governed, rewarded, and well done.
  • The military could ask us to live for a cause, not die for it, and save their promotions for those who solve conflict without violence.
  • Prisons could provide positive ways of showing individual worth instead of stripping inmates of all identity, without even the group pride that soldiers are offered in return.
  • Most of all, children could feel loved and valued from the beginning.

Those elaborate, oppressive systems are just as difficult to create as their supposedly unrealistic alternatives – perhaps more so, since no uniform system, no matter how repressive, has ever completely succeeded in producing uniform people.  One thing is clear: The human mind can imagine both how to break self-esteem and how to nurture it – and imagining anything is the first step toward creating it. Believing in a true self is what allows a true self to be born.”

~ from Relearning, in Revolution from Within

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