Best Governor In The Nation?
Minnesota DFL Governor Mark Dayton has been providing great leadership for his state and his latest comments: “The land may be yours. But the water belongs to all of us, and to all who will follow all of us.’’ caused us to ask if he may be the country’s best current governor. Read more and see if you don’t agree. Continue reading
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
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
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: ‘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
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
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.