We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.— Grace Lee Boggs
The most courageous Grace Lee Boggs quotes that will add value to your life
A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of humankind.
Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after
We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
Keep recognizing that reality is changing and that your ideas have to change.
Don’t get stuck in old ideas.
Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.
Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas.
We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other. We urgently need to bring the neighbor back into our hoods, not only in our inner cities but also in our suburbs, our gated communities, on Main Street and Wall Street, and on Ivy League campuses.
I think we’re not looking sufficiently at what is happening at the grassroots in the country. We have not emphasized sufficiently the cultural revolution that we have to make among ourselves in order to force the government to do differently. Things do not start with governments.
We need to undergo a very radical revolution in values.
And we need to think about what it's like to have become so materialistic that we think having a good job, and consuming like crazy to compensate for the dehumanization of the job, is living like a human being.
People in Detroit aren't just urban gardening.
They're starting a new mode of education. They're trying to give children the education to be "solutionaries" rather than people who are going to get jobs in the system. And that is a huge change, a cultural revolution.
What time is it on the clock of the world?
It takes time for change to take place.
But then when huge changes are taking place, they are extraordinary. And it requires a kind of philosophical thinking, thinking in terms of epochs.
How do we redefine education so that 30-50 percent of inner-city children do not drop out of school, thus ensuring that millions will end up in prison?
The nation-state became powerful in the wake of the French Revolution, whereas the nation-state has become powerless in light of globalization.
A rebellion is something that is developing as an explosion coming out of the righteous grievances of a community of people.
New York has become almost a third-world country.
When I was growing up it was mostly a Euro-American country. And it wasn't until LaGuardia was elected in 1933 that Italians were even considered Americans. We're at a great transition point in terms of population, demographics, and what it means to be a human being.
I first understood the changes that were necessary in this world, because the waiters in the restaurant, when I cried, used to say, "Leave her on the hillside to die. She's only a girl baby." I think they said it somewhat as a joke, maybe not, but it made me understand that being born female in this world was very different from being born male.
I think Detroit shows that we've come to the end of the industrial epoch and have to find a new mode of production.
I think that rebellions arise out of anger, and they're very short-lived.
And a revolution has some sense of a long time frame, millions of years that we've been evolving on this planet.
Nonviolence is essentially based on recognizing the humanity in every one one of us.
We have this exploding prison population.
We have the equivalent of martial law on a day-to-day, 24/7-hour basis in our cities, because we have not heard the cry for help by young people in 1967.
I'm not calling for a boycott on voting.
But I think it should be very clear that just voting is not going to solve our problems.
I think it's really important that we get rid of the idea that protest will create change.
We have to see today in light of the transition, say, from hunting and gathering to agriculture, and from agriculture to industry, and from industry to post-industry. We're in an epoch transition.
We're at a great transition point in terms of population, demographics, and what it means to be a human being.
The standardization and specialization of industrialization was being undermined by globalization. When people in Bangladesh could produce things much more cheaply than anybody could produce them in Detroit, we no longer were the world capital of industrialization.
I think people look at revolution too much in terms of power.
I think revolution has to be seen more anthropologically, in terms of transitions from one mode of life to another. We have to see today in light of the transition, say, from hunting and gathering to agriculture, and from agriculture to industry, and from industry to post-industry. We're in an epoch transition.
Finding the leaders of the future is a question of recognizing those people who give leadership in a crisis.
The struggle we're dealing with these days, which, I think, is part of what the 60s represented, is how do we define our humanity?
I think we have to understand that the nation-state became powerful in the wake of the French Revolution, whereas the nation-state has become powerless in light of globalization.
When you think of power, you think the state has power.
When you look at it in terms of revolution, in terms of the state, you think of it in terms of Russia, the Soviet Union, and how those who struggled for power actually became victims of the state, prisoners of the state, and how that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We have to think of revolution much more in terms of transitions from one epoch to another.
Well, I would say that we've got to redefine democracy, that we have been stuck in concepts of representative democracy, that we believe that it's getting other people to do things for us that we progress.
In order to change/transform the world, they [leaders] must change/transform themselves.
People in Detroit aren't just urban gardening.
They're starting a new mode of education. They're trying to give children the education to be "solutionaries" rather than people who are going to get jobs in the system. And that is a huge change, a cultural revolution. The things that are happening in Detroit would amaze you if you're used to only looking at statistics, and only thinking of blacks as sufferers and not as activists.
I think when every household in almost every neighborhood can produce what it needs without going through the market, we're going to undergo a huge change in the elevation of the community to the center of the city, and the elimination of the factory.
To make a revolution, people must not only struggle against existing institutions. They must make a philosophical/ spiritual leap and become more 'human' human beings. In order to change/ transform the world, they must change/ transform themselves.
I think that deep in our hearts we know that our comforts, our conveniences are at the expense of other people.
This capitalist society has not lasted forever; it's only a few hundred years old.
I think people are really looking for some way whereby we can grow our souls rather than our economy.
You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be.
The image of blacks usually is one of people who are suffering from hunger, unemployment, and poverty. The idea of them as agents and activists - as starting revolutions - does not exist in most people's minds. And I think it's very, very important that folks understand how much America was founded on the enslavement of blacks, and how the resistance of blacks to that enslavement has been the spark plug for so many important developments.
I think we have to rethink the concept of “leader.
” 'Cause “leader” implies “follower.” And, so many- not so many, but I think we need to appropriate, embrace the idea that we are the leaders we've been looking for.
People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.
The only way to survive is by taking care of one another.
Wage work is disappearing. I didn't make the jobs disappear, but they have disappeared. And people are forced to be looking for other alternatives.
In every crisis, people do not respond like a school of fish.
Some people become immobilized. Some people become very angry, some commit suicide, and other people begin to find solutions. And visionary organizers look at those people, recognize them and encourage them, and they become leaders of the future.
You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.
I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.
I think people are really looking for some way whereby we can grow our souls rather than our economy. I think that at some level, people recognize that growing our economy is destroying us. It's destroying us as human beings, it's destroying our planet. And I think there's a great human desire for solutions, for profound solutions - and that nothing simple will do it. It really requires some very great searching of our souls.