There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it's the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism.
I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.
The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic.
Once you do away with the idea of people as fixed, static entities, then you see that people can change, and there is hope.
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things.
But love is really more of an interactive process. It's about what we do not just what we feel. It's a verb, not a noun.
Any society based on domination supports and condones violence.
I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us.
I began writing a book on love because I felt that the United States is moving away from love.
We judge on the basis of what somebody looks like, skin color, whether we think they're beautiful or not. That space on the Internet allows you to converse with somebody with none of those things involved.
If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.
When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.
Since anti-racist individuals did not control mass media, the media became the primary tool that would be used and is still used to convince black viewers, and everyone else, of black inferiority.