Thursday, September 25, 2008

Putting things in perspective. . .

In 1960, Michael Harrington wrote, The Other America, a book that shaped the domestic policy of both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Likely time for another book like that.

There are definitely two Americas today.

Fact: Over the past 4 days at our inner city Resource Center, over 1,200 individuals stopped by seeking assistance with food, housing, utilities, transportation and other pressing needs.

Conclusion: Our economy is anything but "fundamentally sound" for these precious neighbors of ours.

Quote: "It's extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can't find $25 billion dollars to saved 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases."
- Bono, rock star and anti-poverty activist.
(Source: The American Prospect blog as quoted in Sojourner's Sojo Mail

What might happen if we woke up, rediscovered our best values as Americans and then moved forward?



Anonymous said...

Two thousand years ago, a Roman Senator suggested that all slaves wear white armbands to better identify them.

"No," said a wiser Senator, "If they see how many of them there are, they may revolt."

Anonymous said...

Like all great poets, Bono has a way of succinctly summing things up that really puts things in perspective. Another Bono quote that comes to mind in the context of discussing greed: "You can never get enough of what you don't really need."