The ACA, Pope Francis & Me
Add me to the list of Affordable Care Act “success stories” now being heralded throughout the land. But as I navigated my state’s healthcare exchange to find access to affordable care, I couldn’t help but hear Pope Francis’ recent words as I realized we have left so many “on the fringes.” Continue reading
The Continual Struggle For A ‘Living Wage’
The struggle continues today to bring “A Living Wage” to workers. In 1906 John Ryan became a strong and ardent advocate for a living wage and distributive justice. If he were alive today, his deeply researched writing could be tweeted simply: @Living Wage. Greed benefits no one. Read more about this passionate progressive who fought off those of our last Gilded Age. Our November Progressive Profile: Rev. John Ryan. Continue reading
Donna Smith: Pushing For The Real Health Care Victory of Single Payer
It’s October 2013 and finally the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) state exchanges are up and running. What better time to begin the work for what’s really needed—a single payer health care system for the United States. We are delighted to offer the wisdom of Donna Smith, from Health Care for All Colorado, who is one of the strongest advocates for such a system. 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
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:
- 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.