Helplessness is Horrible

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I can’t tell you how stressful that was, to be standing in some computer-filled, air-conditioned room—safe, comfortable, and totally helpless.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Pitch In

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Be nice if that was the lesson people took from all this misery. We’re all in this together, so pitch in and do your job.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Social Justice and Human Pain

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“People never hurt others in moments of strength and bravery, or when we’re feeling good about ourselves. If we spent all of our time in places such as that, then fighting for social justice would be redundant—we would simply have social justice and be done with it, and we could all go swimming, or dancing, or whatever people do. But it is because we spend so much of our time in that other place—a place of diminished capacity and wavering commitment—that we have to be careful.”

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Proper Objectives

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The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.”

The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wild)

Easily Ignored

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“…when you live on the fringes of society with no resources, you have no voice and your complaints are easily ignored.

-Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

Past Becomes Present

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“Good or bad, the past is a fact, and it often holds the keys to who we are in the present, and who we’re likely to become in the future.”

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Political Chess

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“…the process to alter public policy is like watching a chess game: Sheer strategy and full emotional investment are needed for the most convincing players to win.

-Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

Heroism and the Sky Temple

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In private places, among sordid objects, an act of truth or heroism seems at once to draw to itself the sky as its temple, the sun as its candle. Nature stretcheth out her arms to embrace man, only let his thoughts be of equal greatness.

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Survival Learning Curve

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Helping people to help themselves is great in theory, but you still gotta keep ’em alive.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks