“I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity.”
“While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.
We chose to risk new paths to achieve greater well-being. We chose to apply new techniques. We chose to look for forms of organization better suited to our civilization, flatly and definitively rejecting all forms of outside diktats, in order to lay the foundations for achieving a level of dignity equal to our ambitions. Refusing to accept a state of survival, easing the pressures, liberating our countryside from medieval stagnation or even regression, democratizing our society, opening minds to a world of collective responsibility in order to dare to invent the future.
If greed were not the master of modern man – ably assisted by envy – how could it be that the frenzy of economism does not abate as higher ‘standards of living’ are attained, and that it is precisely the richest societies which pursue their economic advantage with the greatest ruthlessness?
– E. Schumacher
Development requires changes on a revolutionary scale; it is in every sense a heroic enterprise calling for consummate confidence. It is not for people who do not know who they are and where they are coming from, for such people are unlikely to know where they are going’
– Claude Ake
Every thinking person, if you consider yourself a serious intellectual grows…Intellectual evolution and growth does not mean, however, that all of a sudden horrendous things in our shared history appear less appalling. It means that greater knowledge and understanding help place the best and worst of events in clearer perspective.
“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.”
“The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
Pierre de Courbertin (Founder of modern Olympic Games)
Carter G. Woodson
The thought of the inferiority of the Negro [African] is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.
The mere imparting of information is not education
Even schools for Negroes [Africans], then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority.
Here we find that the Negro [African] has failed to recover from his slavish habit of berating his own and worshipping others as perfect beings.
The ‘educated Negroes [Africans]’ have the attitude of contempt toward their own people… [Africans] Negroes are taught to admire the [English, American, Chinese, Indian] Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin, and the Teuton and to despise the African…
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
The final effect of oppression on the oppressed is the spirit of immediate gratification at all cost. The oppressed see material things as a symbol of power, freedom and equality. This comes from having your life controlled and dictated to by the oppressor… As a result, the oppressed begin to see the obtaining of the same status symbols of the oppressor as the ultimate pursuit … The desire for materialism becomes an overriding force, causing them to sacrifice long term progressive planning for immediate temporary satisfaction with fading symbols. In many developing countries this is a major source of antisocial behavior and crime. Individuals pursue the symbols of status at the expense of protection and respect for one another. This is a sign of oppressed minds.
Dr. Myles Munroe in The Burden of Freedoom
An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans… Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe. Africans, no more and no less than other men, possess all human attributes, talents and deficiencies, virtues and faults.
Emperor Haile Selasie OAU Speech 1963
We have to depend upon ourselves, both at the national and at the collective level. Each of our countries have to rely upon its own human resources and natural material resources for development. But that is not enough. The next area to look is our collectivity, our working together. We all enhance our capacity to develop if we work together.
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere – October 16, 1997 address to the South African Parliament
The continent of Africa finished the 20th century with trade profiles not much different from when it entered the century: Its exports are nonprocessed minerals and agricultural products.
Andrew Mushita and Carol B. Thompson in The Biopiracy of Biodiversity
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
Lia na tabia yako usilaumu wenzeako Blame your character (for your failures and) not your fellows
Mwanamke ni chachu ya maendeleo A woman is an important part of development
Naishi niwezavyo siishi I live as I can afford and not as you wish
Sithamini pochi yako bali utu wako I value not your wallet but your morality
Wajenya kwa wengine kwako kwabomoka Don’t build someone’s place while yours is in ruins
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living
Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death
It always seems impossible until it’s done
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones
You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution
Know your enemy – and learn about his favorite sport
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires
It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite