?

Log in

dS: frasersadness

and some sad news

Posted on 2010.27.01 at 23:16
How I feel about it all: sadsad
Tags: , ,
RIP Howard Zinn.

I had the honour and privilege of hearing him speak in person a few years ago. What an amazing guy. The person who will carry on his legacy (and I hope to the four winds there is someone) is gonna be stepping into some really big shoes. He is truly one of my heroes, and has been since I can remember.

Some things he's said:

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.”


"Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience."

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."


"If you don't know history, it is as if you were born yesterday."


"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."

"Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals the fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such as world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners."


Farewell, Teacher.

Comments:


ruthless1
ruthless1 at 2010-01-28 05:26 (UTC) ()
They will be big shoes too! He was a giant! Well - to me because I am not even 5'4" and he was 6'7"! I also heard him speak on a couple of occasions and he was such a gentle soul with such a fierce message. What a loss. These are great quotes that you picked. I always sort of imagined that Fraser happily read the People's History of the United States.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-01-28 05:29 (UTC) ()
Oh, yeah, he was pretty tall. :)

I wanted to post all the quotes I found--I had to restrain myself.

And DUDE. Fraser probably read it a few times. Along with all those Farley Mowat books, of course. ;)
Pepper Sauce
ginamariewade at 2010-01-28 05:39 (UTC) ()
Makes me sad, but he had a long life and he did good things with it.
I'm stealing some of these quotes, OK?
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2010-01-28 05:45 (UTC) ()
Sure thing, they're not mine. ;)
Previous Entry  Next Entry