Our Shared Humanity: Can We See Ourselves In Today’s Refugee Crisis?
Can we see our shared humanity when we look into the eyes of those who are suffering in refugee camps? That’s the question Dave Dvorak asks — and sings about — after returning from serving as a volunteer physician helping those displaced by bombs and war. Read more about his incredible journey, how you can support these efforts, and to remember that no one chooses to be a refugee. Continue reading
At A Loss For Words
As we close out 2016 we find ourselves at a loss for words…so much is turned upside down and inside out. What more can be said that hasn’t already been said by prophetic voices in the recent and not-so-recent past. We defer to the wisdom voices we have talked to or featured since this journey began in hopes they keep you inspired in 2017. Continue reading
A Wrong Turn Took Us Down Progressive Memory Lane
An unexpected turn down an Illinois highway brought us to the home of one of America’s greatest progressive voices. Read about our surprise stop and remember with us when the words “public servant” were used to describe the leaders of our political parties. Continue reading
Ignoring The Problem Will Not Make It Go Away
Forget Donald Trump. There are other voices — far more sane and intelligent on the topic — who speak to the problem of electronic voting in this country. Know the difference between non-existent “voter fraud” and the reality of the threat of election tampering. Some things in life should take time — like accurately counting votes for our elections. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Continue reading
Who Better To Lead ‘Our Revolution’
Are we finally listening to the wisdom voices of the Native American peoples who have been trying to get us to listen to them for hundreds of years? The intersection of Native American spirituality, the hashtag #NoDAPL and ‘our revolution.” Continue reading
Fix It: What We Do When Something Is Broken
We look to our business leaders to provide innovative solutions and Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries, Inc. is doing just that. When faced with rising health insurance costs dramatically impacting his bottom line, he set out to find out just why that was. The result: A fabulously produced documentary that dramatically talks to the need for a single payer health care delivery system to help business as well as individuals. Continue reading
Forgetting Our Land Grant Colleges History: Government Does Make Education Work For All Its People
We have forgotten that our Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln knew that federal and state supported public education was the lifeblood of the nation. We look back on the founding of the time-honored tradition of the land grant colleges. We ask those who think the world began with them, who do you think educated those who educated those who educated you? Continue reading
Tearing Apart The Fabric of Democracy — Again
I can’t believe we’re still advocating to stop voter suppression laws in 2014. But here we go again. The attempt to keep eligible voters from casting ballots tears at the very foundation of our democracy. We should be outraged at the breadth and depth of voter suppression that still rages within our so-called democracy here in the United States. Continue reading
Bernie Sanders: Sounding The Wake Up Call To Save Our Democracy
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has issued a wake up call and a challenge to all of us to save our democracy from the overreach of the billionaires who have been given free reign to buy the U.S. Government based on the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. Sen. Sanders gives us a history lesson on how we got to this point and what we can to to turn the tide. His wisdom voice rings loud and clear as our May Progressive Profile. Continue reading
Robert Koehler: His Writings Touch Our Soul and Conscience
Robert Koehler’s writings remind us all of the two words often missing from today’s conversations: conscience and soul. Two major defining characteristics of the human condition. We are honored to feature him as this month’s Progressive Profile. Continue reading
Welcome to Wisdom Voices
Wisdom Voices keeps alive the words and ideas of the “forward thinkers” who have preceded us. We hope they will inspire and encourage you and generations to come. Our site features books, blogs, and commentary from those whose courage continues to motivate us today to think outside of ourselves and take us on a path toward deeper meanings.
We feature the wisdom of those who have led nations and causes, and those who call out our better spirits, to work toward both inner peace, and a more just society.
The wisdom of those presented on our pages and in our books is meant to help us take a step toward exploring, articulating, and celebrating:
- Peace and non-violence
- The dignity of all life
- The interconnectedness of all living creatures
Too often we think that one person is insignificant – what can one person do? Through the Wisdom Voices featured here, we have highlighted the importance of every one of us. It is up to us to choose between the power of inertia and the ability to create positive change in a world crying out for inner and outer peace. Imagine if the voices featured here had felt they could not make a difference. As a reminder, here are a few of their thoughts:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
–Robert F. Kennedy
“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”
“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.