04 November 2007

Monday's Musing

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to homeā€”so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

What an amazing and thought provoking person she was.

Have a great week everyone!

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8 Comments:

Blogger del said...

I really think she hasn't gotten nearly enough press, from the little bit I've read about her.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

Given your conversation Saturday, this is a totally appropriate quote.

If only everyone were actually willing to work towards that goal.

8:15 AM  
Blogger the boogeyman's wife said...

such a good quote! i'm a much firmer believer in starting small (perhaps only because i have lost faith in the current US process) to affect change. if i can treat people i interact with daily with respect and dignity, helping them be stronger and happier, like ripples in a pond the effect waves will expand as they go. sometimes the small things, as they build up, mean more and can be both more destructive and more constructive.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Thanks for the great quote!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous AlisonH said...

Go Eleanor. Thank you for bringing a few of her words back to life.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Chicken Mama said...

Great quote, great lady. She was a trendsetter. Funny to think that what she spoke of so many years ago is so applicable today.

The gray Ameraucana hen is named Eleanor Roosevelt. She is a regal and stately hen.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I love Eleanor! I recently saw a 2-hour PBS story about her and it left me wanting to know even more about her.

She was quite a lady.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Beth S. said...

She was a wise one for sure.

1:15 PM  

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