I pledge allegiance to the unity of the world, and to the conviction for which it stands: one planet, under love, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I believe that the good people of the world far outnumber the bad. We do not hear as much about the good ones, though, because they work quietly without calling attention to themselves or their deeds. The bad ones are so disruptive that they can not help but notice them and their behavior.
It's our job, if we want to make the world a better place, to keep our focus on the positive and deflect the negative, to the best of our ability.
These are some of Jay's favorite quotations:
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
"Common sense is as uncommon as genius."
"The world is founded on thoughts and ideas, not on cotton or iron."
"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."
"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself."
Rita Mae Brown
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
Dr. Martin Luther King
"Prejudice is a burden which confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible."
"If we can not end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity."
"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
John F. Kennedy
"Anything too stupid to be said is sung."
"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it."
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
"People try non-violence for a week and when 'it does not work' they go back to violence, which has not worked for centuries."
"All you need is love."
John Lennon & Paul McCartney
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons."
"We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are."
"Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself."