Quotes of the Day

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  February 27, 2009 — 2 Comments

A few interesting quotes that I’ve come across in my daily web-travels.

“[It is my] “duty to our Goddess to build a better world.”The Rev. Luis Barrios, an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of New York. The quote is from a statement he released after his conviction for trespassing onto the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’s property (better known as The School of the Americas).

“People often wonder about my religious beliefs at age 102. I am not a follower of organized anything but the encompassing thrill of the spirit of compassion that surrounds our world. I do not go to church. In this world church to me is a business — I do not find God there. Perhaps I am Wiccan. All my life I find God in nature, sweet and calm and loving.”Margaret Caldwell, 102, the world’s oldest newspaper columnist.

“Governments, corporations and assorted others regularly exploit the idea that tribal peoples are “primitive” in order to remove them from their land or open it up to outsiders, thereby freeing up access to the natural resources on or under their land. Often this is done in the name of “development”, justified on the grounds that the so-called “primitive” tribes are backward and out-of-date and need to “catch up” with the rest of us. But what are the consequences? For the tribes, they are almost always catastrophic: cultural and spiritual alienation, poverty, alcoholism, disease and death.”Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International in response to BBC broadcaster Michael Buerk’s assessment of New Guinea tribal peoples as  “primitives” who kill strangers “whenever they come across them”. Survival’s “Stamp It Out” campaign was recently successful in convincing British newspapers The Guardian and The Observer to ban the terms ‘primitive’ and ‘Stone Age’ to describe tribal peoples.

Jason Pitzl-Waters