Monday Inspiration: Human Rights

"Where, after all,
do universal human rights begin?
In small places, close to home -
so close and so small
that they cannot be seen on
any map of the world.

Yet they are the world of the individual person:
the neighborhood he lives in;
the school or college he attends;
the factory; farm or office where he works.

Such are the places where
every man, woman and child seeks
equal justice, equal opportunity,
equal dignity without discrimination.

Unless these rights have meaning there,
they have little meaning anywhere.

Without concerted citizen action
to uphold them dose to home,
we shall look in vain
for progress in the larger world."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Part of this quote was on a poster at Diane's house where I was living last week.


Monday Inspiration: We Are All the Same

Today's tidbit is from a book I read for a Political Science class, "We Are All the Same", about a boy battling AIDS. He was denied entrance to school because he had AIDS. This is from a speech he gave at the International AIDS Conference. He was 12 when he gave it and died about a year later.

"We are all the same.
We are not different from one another.
We all belong to one family.
We love and we laugh, we hurt and we cry, we live and we die."

~Nkosi Johnson



Monday Inspiration: Let Your Light Shine

I'm going to try something out on this blog for a bit: Monday Inspiration. These are going to be stories or quotes that I especially like and think are worth sharing.

I found the first one through one of my friends, James Croft, who is an editor for The New Humanism.

He has part of the following on is facebook page for his tagline under the profile picture:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

--Marianne Williamson
Are you inspired yet?

I know I have these grandiose ideas for blogging that frequently fall short but, I already have another post scheduled for next Monday, so you at least get two weeks of this. :)


Left versus Right

Infographics are one of my new favorite things (Wow. Now that makes me sound like Oprah!) I've been following David McCandless' blog for some time now and have read his book too and I keep coming back to this particular one because I think it is so interesting (and visually appealing):

(Click the image for full-size)