Tag Archives: moral courage

It’s up to you

From Hi Times, Sequim High School Business English Class, Vol. II, No. 10, April 10, 1931, displayed at the Sequim Museum and Art Center. This class included Joe Rantz, who went on to win the Olympic 8-man rowing competition in Berlin in 1936, beating Hitler’s Nazi team in spite of illness and underhanded officiating. The class also included his high-school sweetheart, Joyce Simdars. Both are featured in the book The Boys in the Boat.

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Let’s get down to work

From David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy:

It is easy…to throw up one’s hands and conclude with the Kentucky farmer that “you can’t get there from here.”  That conclusion, however, breeds self-fulfilling prophecies, fatalism, and resignation–in the face of an overwhelming need to act.  We also have the historical examples of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Alfred Schweitzer suggesting a different social dynamic, one that places less emphasis on confrontation, revolution, and slogans, and more on patience, courage, moral energy, humility, and nonpolarizing means of struggle.  And we have the wisdom of E.F. Schumacher’s admonition to avoid asking whether we will succeed or not and instead to “leave these perplexities behind us and get down to work.”