Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth…, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.

Robert F. Kennedy, 1968.

What does Julia say?, ‘i don’t believe in it’, what does Abbott say?, ‘No’. I’d say politics, and the level of inspiring political leadership in the world, has sunk to just below the level of the pointy end of a turkey turd.

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  1. Stephen says:

    Great quote. And trenchant comment on today’s political leaders.

    I still believe politics matter, if only because bad politics can generate enormous problems and widespread misery.

    btw, I found your blog via the Steve Hoffman forum. Hope you’re enjoying RAM!

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