"Throughout history virtually all efforts to remake society began by altering its outward form and organization. It was assumed that a rational social structure could produce harmony by a system of rewards, punishments, manipulations of power. But the periodic attempts to achieve a just society by political experiments seem to have been thwarted by human contrariness … and now what?"
"My experience shows that people are ready for new opportunities. Think about how avalanches start. When conditions are ripe, the immediate cause can be very minor. The same is true for cultural shifts. The real challenge today is learn how to act as though what we do can make a difference. As the anthropologist Margaret Mead said: 'Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing which ever has.' " … I think that people are more and more dismayed by the direction in which our societies are moving and are hungry for opportunities to think and work with each other to achieve new directions. I think they are tired of the divisions between left and right, management and labor, young and old, men and women and want to start working with each other across current boundaries. … Why? it's not easy to change any conventional view. When somebody warns: 'Look out. Those ideas and attitudes you've held so long and so firmly are not good for you,' the common reaction is to retreat into a psychic bunker and deny responsibility. All too many of us decide that there's nothing useful we can do about the enormous problems that loom over us, ignoring the evidence that the actions of individuals and groups have made a difference in the past and can continue to do so into the future."
——Robert Theobold [Reworking Success]
"The most important and basic work of all may be your ability to break the hold of old paradigms which are no longer valid; and learning to think in new ways about how to make the old values live again. This is difficult otherwise we would all be doing it—but not impossible."
—John Scherer - Business Spirit Journal
"To speak about the Age of Aquarius and to rejoice in its imminent arrival is not enough. You must prepare to receive the new currents this constellation is already projecting throughout space. Aquarius brings with it a revolution in technology as well as in concepts related to the human psyche. But the most important revolution concerns the notion of universal brotherhood. The Age of Aquarius must teach humanity that we are no longer to work only for ourselves, our family and our country, but also for the whole earth. This new philosophy is, of course, based on a science. Those who are ready to embrace this ideal of universal brotherhood must learn to elevate themselves by means of thought in order to contact the divine world. It is in contacting the divine world that we open the sources of light, love, and peace which will one day inundate the entire earth."
—Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
"The Rev. Jay Geisler invited Call to Renewal to his church because he's weary of Christians squabbling over ideology, and desperate to address the poverty and hopelessness in the neighborhoods around St. Stephen Episcopal Church in McKeesport, Pa.
… . 'Theologically, I'm in that broad, silent majority that at some point is being forced to speak up,' he said. 'This polarization is tearing churches apart, tearing our country apart. Each side wants winner-take-all. We don't seem to want to see win-win anymore.' "
"This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain."
" … . Martin Buber said he sensed a rising hunger for relatedness … Men would no longer rise in rebellion merely against one oppressor or another but against the distortion of a great yearning, 'the effort towards community.' "
"The result of the world war, of disease, famine and pain, has developed a spirit of community in suffering and in deprivation; this has led to a consequent understanding participation in human difficulties everywhere, which is rapidly changing into a spirit of world goodwill.
"This worldwide goodwill, when truly established and correctly organised, is the needed preliminary to relevation, for this coming relevation will be a planetary relevation, shared by all men everywhere. Unitedly all men realise, even today, the need to rise out of the prison of self-interest into the freedom of shared opportunity, and the factor which will bring about this resurrection is goodwill.
"One interesting aspect of goodwill is that, as it develops in the human consciousness, it first of all brings a relevation of the existent cleavages which distinguish the political, the religious, the social and the economic life of people everywhere. The revelation of a cleavage is ever accompanied (for such is the beauty of the human spirit) by efforts along all possible lines, to bridge or heal the cleavage. This is testified to by the thousands of groups and organisations working to end cleavages, and to pull down the barriers to right human relations.
" … . The concept of easier, unified and happy relations, is nevertheless existent in the minds of many thousands everywhere, and the factual reality will materialise some day."
—From Esoteric Philosophy
"This [chapter] embodies the Ideal of the universal brotherhood of man, which, however, is not yet attained … all seek fellowship on the basis of narrower relationships."
—I Ching #13 (end note) P. 456
Note: This was written several thousand years ago - we don't seem to be learning much.
" … . Sezer said both the religions and thought systems aim to provide tranquility, happiness and well-being of peoples. President Sezer said Islam and other religions advised humanity to keep away from evil and favor peace and brotherhood. ''Despite the goals of religions to create this climate, it is unfortunate that humanity is still very far away from this point,'' Sezer said, stressing that wars and clashes still continued in many countries, many people suffered and many others had to pursue their lives under the threat of hunger and poverty. ''Wars, massacres, and violence should be replaced with brotherhood, tolerance and compromise to reach the ideal of universal peace in the world,'' Sezer pointed out … ."
—Turkish President Ahmet Necdet from Turkish press.com ID=27753
"It seems to me that the world's religions are like siblings separated at birth. We've grown up in different neighborhoods, different households, with different songs and stories, traditions and customs. But now we've been reunited, and, having found each other after so many years apart, we look into each other's faces and can see the family resemblance. We're back together again, and it's very good."