The New Holocaust — Commitment (E)

(This poet’s web book on homelessness, released four years ago on our own WordPress platform, has been brilliantly reviewed by both Rebelle Society and Namaste Publications, and is presently creating compassion in 36 world nations.

Written during her own period of homelessness, its chapters are being republished here, one each day for 100 days.)

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Why Not?

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“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

– Robert Kennedy

“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”

– Akira Kurosawa

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act,

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but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.”

– Anatole France

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

– Carl Sagan

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“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir

“Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.” – L. Frank Baum

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Imagination rules the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.” – Colin Wilson

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“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

– John Barrymore

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“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”

– William Butler Yeats

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy

“You should never agree to surrender your dreams.”

– Jesse Jackson

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“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

– Stephen Covey

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine

“They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.” – Francis Bacon

After all, it’s not like dreamers haven’t changed the way things were before.

Just for instance:

“Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.” – Barry Commoner

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“Nor shall derision prove powerful

against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.” – Khalil Gibran

“The new is always alarming.” – Garrett Hardin

“In a progressive country change is constant;

change is inevitable.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives
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must be prepared for changes.”
– Goethe

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay.”

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– Harold Wilson

“Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better.” – Esther Dyson

It’s a natural process

Nothing to be afraid of

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“Dreams pass into the reality of action.

From the action stems the dream again,

and this interdependence produces the

highest form of living.” – Anais Nin

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.” – Bruce Barton

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

In other words

“We all keep dreaming, and luckily, dreams come true.”

– Katie Holmes dreams 2

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.” – Pearl S. Buck

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“Not!”

Or: “Why not?”

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase,

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just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

“Trust that little voice in your head that says

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‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’

… And then do it.” – Duane Michals

Closeup portrait of a handsome young man looking awayWhatever you do, never

stop dreaming.”

– Darren L. Johnson

In dreams begins responsibility.”

– William Butler Yeats

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”
– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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If it weren’t true

that we can change our world for the better

… these very United States of America would still be a pipe dream, being poo-poohed around the meager firesides of Europe’s oppressed classes.

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Only things the dreamers make live on. They are the eternal conquerors.”

– Herbert Kaufman

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The poet/editor of this website is physically disabled, and lives at a fraction of her nation’s poverty level. Contributions may be made at:

https://www.gofundme.com/are-you-a-patron-of-the-arts

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