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Hope: A Duty, Not A Nicety

We asked last month: “Where do you see hope?” We received some great responses and found other everyday life examples to share. Keeping hope alive in 2015 and beyond is our duty. Read and please add your comments at the end to encourage all of us. Continue reading

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Working To Curb Hatred: The Day After The 2014 Elections

Of the many reasons one can offer up for what happened in the 2014 mid-term elections, have you asked yourself what part hatred and fear played among the electorate? A nagging feeling we had that “something was different” about these 2014 results was shared by the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s co-founder Morris Dees. This incredible man who has spent nearly all of his adult life fighting against hatred and fear shared his insights the day after the election. Continue reading

Proxmire often spent no more than $200 total for his re-election campaigns -- as recently as 1982.

It Didn’t Used To Be Like This: A look back to when a U.S. Senator campaigned on $200 total

It really wasn’t that long ago when campaigns were run without the truly obscene influence of money brought on by the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. We take a look back at the great U.S. Senator Bill Proxmire, who as recently as 1982 (that’s not that long ago) ran his re-election campaign on $200. We don’t have to run our “democracy” as we do today. There are better ways. Continue reading

Voter Suppression: Keeping people away from the polls only strengthens the corporate control already in place for our elections.

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

Rev. Al Sharpton at St. Olaf College: “My generation didn’t finish the task. I believe your generation can bring us there. I believe that if you don’t duck the issues and you’re not afraid to confront what is uncomfortable in the short run, it will bring about equality in the long run."

Rev. Al Sharpton: ‘I Believe We Can Keep Moving Forward’

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to students at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota urging them to continue the struggle to bring racial equality to the United States. “My generation didn’t finish the task. I believe your generation can bring us there.” Continue reading

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

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

The two main elements of my progressive identity are the bedrock “love your enemy, we are all one” moral message of basic Christianity, and my love of writing, which became my primary vehicle for taking a moral stand.

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

Judith Browne Dianis:  Voter ID laws undermine the very pillar of our democracy – the right of every citizen to have access to the ballot box

The Advancement Project: On The Front Lines of the Voter ID Battle

Voter photo ID laws laws are part of comprehensive campaign to deny the vote to millions for partisan gain – essentially sacrificing the health of our democracy to win elections. So says Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project. Read our interview with her in Wisdom Voices Spotlight to learn more about this issue and how to fight back against this assault on our democracy. 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:

  • Education
  • 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.”

–Mother Theresa

“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”

–Albert Schweitzer

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

–Mahatma Ghandi