Note: We are currently in the process of transcribing and editing the dialogues from the conference. Six have now been completed!
"...It is better to light a candle, than curse the
darkness. If you have a room full of darkness, and light one candle, there
is a little light. Inspired by your candle, someone else might light
another candle, and there would be a little more light. And another
candle. Each one of us in this room can light at least one candle. You don't
have to be a great heroic genius to enlighten the whole world."
- Satish Kumar (more)
"...I realised that every little
thing that we do in our daily lives, all the things that we throw away
because we have so much of it, or we have the possibility of buying more of
it, all these acts of when we throw things away or waste things, are acts
of violence. Violence against humanity, or violence against nature. And if
all of us continue to do that all the time, every day, how are we ever
going to stop the destruction of nature, and the violence that we do to
- Arun Gandhi (more)
"...the problem is the people who are just slumbering in the warmth and the light who don't bother about bringing real warmth and light to the whole society - how the intellectuals, and especially the young intellectuals, can have a common front with the people discriminated against, not only the Ainu people and the Buraku people, but many different social categories all around the world; in the rich countries but also especially in the less industrialised countries.. "
- Kinhide Mushakouji (more)
"...one global human right - which is the right to live, in the world, inside your own language and your own religion; and a duty, not to tolerate others, but to respect them, and have dialogue. The duty of dialogue. The duty to think and to say "You are different from me, how fantastic! What can I learn from you? And what would you like to learn from me?" Now globalisation of human rights, is a typical example
of transcendence of a problem." - Johan Galtung (more)
"...And people still believe that they can prosper while someone else is failing, and hurting and in misery. And the great United States, and the great Europe, and the great Japan, can actually put on the headlines of the newspaper "we are growing, and we are succeeding." At the same time that the other people of the world are in misery and starvation and hunger and disease. And imagine if in your family - in your very own house - if you are succeeding, and your fourteen brothers and sisters are starving downstairs. At least you'd be quiet about it! At least you'd maybe hide the fact that you're so happy, healthy, and vibrant, and you're growing, and pronouncing how wonderful you are, and downstairs, they're crumpled and they're starving. That's what we're talking about.
" - Adam Wolpert (more)
"...Many of the young people I've worked with don't have love in their lives
from their families, or their peers. So when we work with them we show them
love. We love them, for who they are, irrespective of whether they are
criminals, we love them. If they use lots of profanity, we love them. If
they are violent towards each other, we love them. Through that love we
achieve learning." - Paul Leslie (more)
"...It's true that in the last, at least two millennia women have been put down, and we know that it's a very complicated problem, but it's not inherent in religion, but often statements
in religion have been taken out of context, distorted and misinterpreted to
put women down. If we think about it Buddha insisted on the equality of men and women. If you look at Jesus, one of the things that shocked his contemporaries was the fact that he actually took women seriously - I mean he talked to them! He actually talked to them and preached to them and discussed things with them - this was shocking!" - Nandini Iyer (more)
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