"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
"For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders."
"Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful."
"We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet."
Those are all thoughts from one insightful anthropologist, Margaret Mead. If you don't know who she is, obviously you should. What about these next four names... do they ring any bells? Do you know why they matter?
- Bob Geldorf
- Betty Williams
- Peter Benenson
- Nelson Mandela
I hope you recognize at least one from that list. In each case, their story is how one person who cares can matter immensely - how one person, moved to act, can change the world. The following video, from Nickelback, may help you understand. They get it.