Freedom

February 10th, 2017

Group Reading

If

One- Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season.
All- It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year.
One- It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow.
All- Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime. ~ W.E.B. DuBois

I am not for myself who is for me? And being only for my own self, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?

~ Rabbi Hillel

Quotes & Readings

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of
information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and
egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture.”

~ Neil Postman Amusing Ourselves to Death

“There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“There is a fundamental difference between a prophecy and a prediction. If a prediction comes true, it has succeeded. If

a prophecy comes true, it has failed. A prophet delivers not a prediction but a warning. He or she does not simply say,

“This will happen”, but rather, “This will happen unless you change.” The prophet speaks to human freedom, not to the

inevitability of fate.”

~ Rabbi Sacks

Seed of Freedom

“The future cannot be determined. It can only be experienced as it is occurring. Life doesn’t know what it will be until it notices what it has become.” ~ Margaret Wheatley

Say together: The future is open and I am an active agent in creating that future

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