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Neither Presumption nor Despair | Wesley Hill | First Things
“This is what bothers me about what I hear from certain kinds of reparative therapies: offering hope to gay people seems to amount to a prediction of orientation change (assuming the correct regimen is followed). And whenever a Christian expresses doubt about the surety of that prediction, the response can often take the form of, ‘Well, you just don’t have enough faith.’ (Or as a licensed professional counselor, a Christian with a certain angle on reparative therapy, once said to me, ‘That sounds like depression.’)

“But what if hope is rather ‘an ability to work for something because it is good’ and ‘the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out’?”
WesleyHill  VaclavHavel  SameSexAttraction 
january 2017 by cbearden
"Why the World Needs Heroes" by Dr. Philip Zimbardo [.pdf]
"Can thoughts ignite revolutions? How can one person’s imagination
empower millions to challenge tyranny and injustice in the name of
freedom and democracy?"

[See also: The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) ]

[Related: "I Am Fishead" ]
resistance  bullying  bullies  gandhi  heroicimagination  liberation  mlk  martinlutherkingjr  danielellsberg  irenasendler  courage  behavior  heroes  heroism  nelsonmandela  vaclavhavel  philipzimbardo  psychology  democracy  freedom  via:joguldi  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
Daily Kos: Vaclav Havel's Greengrocer
The greengrocer has not committed a simple, individual offense, isolated in its own uniqueness, but something incomparably more serious. By breaking the rules of the game, he has disrupted the game as such. He has exposed it as a mere game. He has shattered the world of appearances, the fundamental pillar of the system. He has upset the power structure by tearing apart what holds it together. He has demonstrated that living a lie is living a lie. He has broken through the exalted facade of the system and exposed the real, base foundations of power. He has said that the emperor is naked. And because the emperor is in fact naked, something extremely dangerous has happened: by his action, the greengrocer has addressed the world. He has enabled everyone to peer behind the curtain. He has shown everyone that it is possible to live within the truth. Living within the lie can constitute the system only if it is universal. The principle must embrace and permeate everything. There are no terms whatsoever on which it can co-exist with living within the truth, and therefore everyone who steps out of line denies it in principle and threatens it in its entirety. . . .
vaclavhavel  politics  99%  via:lukeneff 
january 2012 by robertogreco - voices - havel at harvard
Vaclav Havel “Civilization's Thin Veneer”
Commencement address at Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 1995

Dramatist and dissident, Mr Havel dedicated his life to the Czechoslovak intellectual opposition during the years of Soviet occupation. For standing by his convictions he spent five years in prison. He was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and of the Czech Republic in 1993.
vaclav  havel  vaclavhavel  harvard  speech  globalism  humanity  understanding  moving  inspiring 
january 2012 by lll8lll8lll8lll
Vaclav Havel's Critique of the West // Atlantic
"Responsibility, not systems, must be the activating mechanism for public choices. 'Democracy is a system based on trust in the human sense of responsibility, which it ought to awaken and cultivate,' [Havel] said. 'We have to abandon the arrogant belief that the world is merely a puzzle to be solved ... a body of information to be fed into a computer in the hope that sooner or later it will spit out a universal solution.'"
democracy  vaclavhavel  modernity 
december 2011 by cianoday

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