Even in this place one can survive, and therefore one must want to survive, to tell the story, to bear witness; and that to survive we must force ourselves to save at least the skeleton, the scaffolding, the form of civilization. We are slaves, deprived of every right, exposed to every insult, condemned to certain death, but we still possess one power, and we must defend it with all our strength for it is the last— the power to refuse our consent.
– Primo Levi, Survival in Aushwitz
At the threshold of a new century the big question to which we, their descendants, will have to find an answer is whether the only choice open to humans is that between Big Brothers mark one and two: whether the inclusion/exclusion game is the only way in which human life in common may be conducted and the only conceivable form our shared world may take – be given – as a result.
– Zygmunt Bauman, Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts
These quotes from Dark Ecologies
Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964
Patriotism and Nationalism and business as usual are killing our earth and robbing us of a peaceful planet that will sustain all life. Some passionate thinking, articulate witnessing, and inclusive action are needed to get us out of this mess.