26 Aug 2012

More quotes

 Some more quotes on things that caught my eyes - click on quotes tag below for more.

 "To see what is in front of one's nose is a constant struggle." George Orwell

"True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity. False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the "rejects of life," to extend their trembling hands. True generosity lies in striving so that these hands — whether of individuals or entire peoples — need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world." Paolo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppresse

'The UK has huge domestic potential to secure itself against impending change [decreasing food reserves], but we can always do more! I suggest that work places offer staff time off to work on gardens, allotments or productive community growing schemes. This would tick all our boxes, and the psychological and physical health benefits are also well-proven. […] How about planting fruit trees on the streets of our own towns and cities, and allowing anyone to harvest the produce? Fruit trees make a town look more beautiful and they might remind a younger generation where food comes from – they might also please the bees, on whom we rely for all that food. Why not create somewhere at the heart of our local communities where small producers can sell and exchange food, swap knowledge, learn more about growing, cook (and serve it) – even share tools? Our high streets are pockmarked with empty properties and some of these could be turned into new, micro food hubs, where all this could happen – putting good food at the heart of the community.’ Simms, Andrew (2011) 'Is GM the Answer?' Grow Your Own, February 2011, p. 98

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." J.K. Galbraith

"God forbid that India should ever take to industrialisation after the manner of the West. The economic imperialism of a single tiny island kingdom (the UK) is today keeping the world in chains. If an entire nation of 300 million took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts." Mahatma Gandhi, 1928

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