Vaccines

Quotes About Vaccines

“Vaccination isn’t prevention. To the contrary, you are injecting into healthy bodies the very disease-causing agents you are so afraid of contracting. Nor does vaccination equate to bona fide immunity. The only guaranteed immunity it generates is for the vaccine manufacturers who are indemnified against the potentially catastrophic damages they cause.” – from Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo

“However, I am not sure that I was prepared for the nature of the response to our research. Perhaps the most deafening response has been the tsunami of silence perpetuated by all mainstream media, almost globally! Compliant with this has been my own University that did not even deem the research ‘worthy’ of a mention in its own weekly news outlet. When one considers the nature of much of the science that makes headline news one is left wondering what it is about a link between aluminium and autism that is not deemed newsworthy. Perhaps mainstream media were unaware of the research.” – Professor Chris Exley in recent article Autism and Aluminum: the din of silence  Check out the posting Vaccines: Miscellany, A - Z  for several items relating to the media blackout issue. Scroll down to 'M" for media blackout.

Dr. William Thompson, CDC Senior Scientist & whistle-blower:

“The co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. (We) all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can,” Thompson explained in an affidavit provided in 2014 to a member of a U.S. Congressional committee on science (this became 10,000 pages of CDC documents)

“I have waited a long time to tell my story and I want to tell it truthfully. I was involved in deceiving millions of taxpayers regarding the potential negative side effects of vaccines. We lied about the scientific findings. The CDC can no longer be trusted to do vaccine safety work. Can’t be trusted to be transparent. The CDC can’t be trusted to police itself.” – CDC senior scientist whistleblower Dr. William Thompson from a Financial Post article published on June 17, 2016

“It’s all there–this is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem.” – Dr. William Thompson

“Oh my God. I cannot believe we did what we did. But we did.” – Dr. William Thompson

“It’s all there – this is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem.” – Dr. William Thompson

 “You couldn’t even construct a study that shows thimerosal is safe,” says Haley, who heads the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. “It’s just too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage.” – from this article.

 “Vaccines are held to a lower safety testing standard than pharmaceutical drugs…    The safety science behind vaccines is totally shady.” – Brandy Vaughan, former sales rep for Merck (from The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report

 “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

From 'Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit Is Not Safe' by Neil Z. Miller

“Perhaps 98% of all adverse reactions to vaccines are not included in the VAERS database, and up to 25 million U.S. citizens could have been adversely affected by vaccines in the past 25 years.” Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 21 Number 2  Summer 2016

Summary of Results and Media Response

Our study showed that infants who receive several vaccines concurrently, as recommended by CDC, are significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die when compared with infants who receive fewer vaccines simultaneously. It also showed that reported adverse effects were more likely to lead to hospitalization or death in younger infants.

These findings are so troubling that we expected major media outlets in America to sound an alarm, calling for an immediate reevaluation of current preventive health care practices. But 4 years after publication of our study, this has not happened. Could it be because, according to Robert Kennedy, Jr., about 70% of advertising revenue on network news comes from drug companies? In fact, the president of a network news division admitted that he would fire a host who brought on a guest that led to loss of a pharmaceutical account. That may be why the mainstream media won’t give equal time to stories about problems with vaccine safety.(15)

Quotations from Doctors

“Health is the only immunity. We don’t need protecting from “out there.” – Dr. Jayne L.M. Donegan in her foreword to the Dr. Suzanne Humphries & Roman Bystrianyk book Dissolving Illusions – Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History

“I see myself as a protector of women and children, a gatekeeper of sorts. For this reason, I bristle at the tactics of coercion used to move women out of their space of intuitive agency, and into a place of fear. There is no tactic as powerful as altruistic guilt, as insinuating that a woman is dangerous, reckless, and selfish if she chooses not to vaccinate herself or her child. … May patient autonomy trump all medical interventions, now, and forever.” – Kelly Brogan MD

“I was once an idiot. I once thought that people who didn’t vaccinate were taking advantage of all the people that were. I thought that they were being privileged opportunists, and I was a vaccinating doctor, because I was taught nothing about vaccines, because I had never met an unvaccinated child. But once I met unvaccinated children, and started seeing problems first-hand with vaccinations in my own patients – and started doing my own research – I flipped around 180 degrees. And I’ve known other doctors that were able to do that as well, and some of them, because parents like you have presented the facts to them – quietly, calmly and rationally. That’s key.” – Dr. Suzanne Humphries in her Nov. 2015 lecture Trojan Horses & Cluster Bombs (At this link, Dr. Humphries in an 11-minute YouTube on vaccine safety, efficacy, history; how the immune system works, the importance of breastfeeding, aluminum in vaccines - much important material covered in a record short time!)

“With what I now know, I cannot support mandatory vaccines for children.  Some kids respond well to vaccines, but others do not.  How can we be sure who will and who will not?  Should we really sacrifice one for many?  Parents have to have the right to choose!  Parents have to make their own informed decisions.  Parents deserve access to this information which has been buried so deep that even I, a practicing physician, hadn’t been aware of.” – Dr. Rachel Ross, MD & PhD

“People keep asking me if I’m scared to speak about this.  My realest fear is that we will continue to assume that these moms are making this stuff up.” – Dr. Rachel Ross, MD & PhD

“They don’t teach us about the ingredients, they don’t teach us about the studies behind it…what they teach us is that they’ve always been given.” – Dr. Rachel Ross here

*** Read the entire statement from Dr. Rachel on her site, Vaccines, Vaccine Injury, & My Perspective as a Doctor & Mom by Rachael Ross MD, PhD

“Dr. Rachel Ross, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning daytime show, ‘The Doctors,’ says she regrets not understanding the dangers of vaccines at an earlier point in time. Speaking at a Vaxxed movie premiere, Dr. Ross said of medical school, “They don’t teach us about the ingredients, they don’t teach us about the studies behind it…what they teach us is that they’ve always been given.” She went on to say that she ‘almost feels like an ass’ for having not understood vaccines better.” Here.

“We are trading the benefit of a life-long immunity from normal childhood illnesses, for a life-long suffering of chronic diseases.” – Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, pediatrician who said this in the mid-1970s, is quoted in ‘Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines’ <1 hour 35 minutes in>

Dr. Jayne Donegan, from this article:

“My long, slow journey researching the vaccination disease ecology involved learning about other models and philosophies of health and the gradual realization that it was true what people had told me all along, that “health is the only immunity.”

We don’t need to be protected from “out there.” We get infectious diseases when our body needs to have a periodic clean-out. Children especially benefit from childhood spotty rashes, or “ex anthems” as they are called, in order to make appropriate developmental leaps. When we have fevers, coughs, rashes, we need to treat them supportively, not suppressively.”

An ER Doctor explains why he no longer trusts the CDC or medical education

Doctor Testimony on the Learn the Risk.org site

Doctors against vaccine mandates on the Vaccine Choice Canada site

120 Italian Doctors: Unvaccinated Children are Healthier (use Google translate for translation into English)

Additional Vaccine-Related Quotes

“The boys that were so happy – always smiling – looking at me – blabbering – saying, even if it was mama, dada, you know – they just disappeared. I’m not deluded. I actually saw my children disappear right in front of me.” – Nina Lteif, mother of Eli & Christian, her twin sons who became autistic right after their MMR shot at 18 months. From the documentary ‘Man Made Epidemic

** These next ones are from Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines

“We are trading the benefit of a life long immunity from normal childhood illnesses, for a life long suffering of chronic diseases.” <Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, pediatrician; he said this in the mid-1970s. At 1:35>

“We should consider the benefits and the risks of vaccination. Unfortunately our public health officials haven’t got to that point. And they keep repeating that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks. But they don’t really have the studies to prove that.” – Eva Vanamee, researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital <1:36>

“Just say no.” <1:41> [if your child is not in day care, & not in school yet, there is nothing to compel you at this time]

“I really implore everyone to wake up & read for yourselves what the realities are about the vaccines. The safety & efficacy, or the lack thereof.” – Dr. Toni Bark, Center for Disease Prevention and Reversal <at 1:44>

“I saw it. I felt it. I questioned it. But I didn’t question loud enough. I allowed them to bully me. And that’s something I have to live with.” – Heather Turano, mother of [then]11-year old autistic daughter Sabrina. <at 1:41>

“You really need to think twice and really need to learn the risks that truly are there and that are involved if you decide to vaccinate your child.” <same mother as above. At 1:44>

Dr. Suzanne Humprhies uses this slide, from the Federal Register, June 1, 1984:

“ … any possible doubts, whether nor not well founded, about the safety of the vaccine cannot be allowed to exist in view of the need to assure that the vaccine will continue to be used to the maximum extent consistent with the nation’s public health objectives.”

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In Silent Epidemic

15 minutes: voice of mother whose daughter died after Gardasil vaccine

16:50: mother saying their children abandoned by the medical system (after injury)

17: babies born with immature immune systems – immediately exposed to a whole range of toxins from birth

18: pharmaceutical industry shill Offit.

20: researcher explains why gene mutations cannot explain the skyrocketing rates of autism.

23: takes child 3 years to fully develop immune system

25: what efficacy means vis-à-vis vaccines. (it doesn’t mean what we think)

28: problems with massive vaccination campaign; the disease becomes more dangerous

1:05 – a history lesson. The claims about how vaccines eradicated disease are not accurate. Several minutes on this misunderstood history.

1:16 – Mandatory vaccines. Health care workers who are refusing vaccines after seeing colleagues vaccine-injured

1:26 – the liability issue (1986 law that let the industry mostly off the hook)

 

From The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report (Feb. 20, 2016 in Los Angeles)

14: “Vaccines do more harm than good.” – Brandy Vaughan, former sales rep for Merck (also, a 9-minute YouTube of her here) Her site.

18: “Vaccines are held to a lower safety testing standard than pharmaceutical drugs… The safety science behind vaccines is totally shady.” Brandy Vaughan, former sales rep for Merck

20: “There are too many people trusting their doctors blindly. They’re getting their information from Pharma and we need to start taking it back and doing our own research.” Brandy Vaughan

20: “We need to come out of the closet. We need to make this less controversial. We need to talk about it to everyone and anyone.”

“Don’t listen to the doctors and pharma and the media. Just listen to your intuition – and do your own research.”

<<you really have to hear her! Her 6 minutes on the panel pack a huge punch.>>

“Just because a drug is on the market doesn’t mean it’s safe.” Brandy Vaughan, former sales rep for Merck (in this 9-minute YouTube) Her site is LearntheRisk.org 

 

*** There are so many more quotable things being said in these various documentaries I’ve been watching, I can’t possibly record them all. Please watch some of this material for yourselves!

** Finally. One I can’t find my source for. It was in a YouTube on the VAXXED Facebook page. JB Handley (an “autism dad”) says “Don’t be ashamed about being right.” (There is a tendency for parents to be almost apologetic in dealings with the medical profession. Time to drop it! We do not need to feel ashamed when we are right!!)

Scientist and Stem Cell Expert Says Don’t Be So Quick to Believe Vaccines Are Safe. Interview here.

“People who question the U.S. vaccination schedule, which is very aggressive, and the very real dangers of adjuvants in vaccines, and the long term impact of a heavy vaccination schedule on natural immunity, have rational and sound scientific concerns. It is sad and perplexing that civil, complete, and rational discussions of these concerns are obstructed by pharma, by the media, and unfortunately often by our elected officials, pediatricians, and family physicians.”

Which vaccines out there are being made with aborted cell lines and which ones are not? Isn’t there enough reliable research to show these are safe, and if not, why not?

We have a list on our website.  No, there is no evidence that these are safe. The contaminants in Varivax (chickenpox) are so high that Merck was compelled to do some additional safety studies. Unfortunately, they did the studies in mice and not human cell lines. The toxicities will not occur in mice as the responses to the contaminants are species specific. Scientists at Merck are bright and clearly know this, so why then did they use mice? One must consider all possible motivations, including fraud…. Merck is presently being sued by its own scientists for knowingly conducting fraudulent studies regarding the effectiveness of its Mumps vaccine. 1999 FDA meeting minutes record an FDA Director stating that while the dangers of autoimmunity and insertional mutagenesis are real the FDA preferred to do intellectual rather than actual experiments, which means they sat around and discussed it, rather than did any real studies.

With respect to the vaccines you consider unethical and possibly unsafe, what do you advise a parent to do if they are concerned, but live in a state that has a mandated vaccination program?

Homeschooling is an option. A trip to Japan to get alternative MMR and hepatitis vaccines is an option. Exposure to natural chicken pox is an option and much better for children than the vaccine.
 
How do you respond to the position that since the personal risk is small it is our civic and moral duty to vaccinate our kids in order to achieve the greater good of "herd immunity" because when unvaccinated people group together herd immunity is lost and illness spreads, putting everyone at risk?  

The personal risk is not small at all, and as a matter of fact, the personal risk greatly exceeds the risk from the illnesses the vaccines are designed to protect against. Therefore it is not our civic or moral duty to sacrifice our children to lifelong autism or suffering and death from lymphoma to protect a few people from diseases like measles and mumps and chickenpox. Rubella, which can be serious for the unborn children, can be protected against by administering immunoglobulin to pregnant women—a much better civic minded solution since the immunoglobulin will be given only to those who need it and does not carry the risks that vaccines do.   

In the last major outbreak of measles 47,000 people were infected and six died. In contrast, 44,000 children come down with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) annually, a lifelong disability.  About 4,320 children under age 20 will come down with lymphoma (300 with Burkitts) each year and suffer horrors as they undergo extreme and severe chemotherapy. About 864 children will die each year from lymphoma (and about 60 will die from Burkitts). They will die after incredible horror and suffering. 

As you know, there is a great deal of distrust about vaccines and this has pitted parents against parents, parents against doctors, and now parents against the government. Where did this distrust come from? How do we make progress on this issue to ensure maximum protection for everyone’s children? 

Distrust comes from the fact that parents watch their perfectly healthy, well developing children regress into autism shortly after vaccination. Why would they trust big pharma, who has no liability, saying vaccines are safe?  Why would parents trust the FDA, NIH, and CDC who are dis-incentivized to insure vaccine safety because the pharmaceutical companies have no liability and the FDA, CDC, and NIH employees regularly go on to big fat salaries in pharmaceutical companies? 

How do we make progress? Make the pharma companies liable in civil court for vaccine injuries and vaccines will become safe and targeted towards truly life threatening diseases. Allow each parent to choose whether or not and how much to vaccinate their children. Parents of immune compromised children will have to take steps to protect their own children. I had to do this with my son, which I did; I certainly did not demand that the world around me force-vaccinate their children because I would not do the work to protect my son.

Any further advice you have for parents who are confused about vaccines? How do parents navigate this issue and figure out what to do? 

The FDA has been captured in meeting minutes saying they prefer to do intellectual rather than actual experiments about the risks of fetal contaminants in vaccines. If Ford introduced a new brake system, and the engineers sat around a table and "thought" the new system was safe without testing it, would you buy that car? No, because you’re not stupid. A parent would not buy an untested car, or car seat, or crib for their child. Parents need to know that vaccines are also untested and demand tests. Some data is actually available regarding these unanswered vaccine questions in the Vaccine Safety Datalink, however, the controllers of that database, which includes the CDC, refuse to do the studies or to allow anyone else to do them.

I would advise parents to demand actual safety studies, rather than the “intellectual” safety studies the FDA performed, regarding the fetal contaminants in vaccines, as well as actual safety studies regarding the adjuvants in vaccines.

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** See also links in the ‘Doctors Speaking Out’ section, in the posting Vaccines: Miscellany, A - Z 

Action

“In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The optimism of the action is better than the pessimism of the thought.” – Harold Zindler

“We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” – Ingrid Bengis

“You decide to do something, perform one small action, and suddenly it’s a tide, the momentum is going, and there’s no possibility of turning back. Somehow, even though you thought you foresaw all that would happen, you didn’t know the pace would pick up so.” – Amanda Cross, American writer

Radical historian Howard Zinn: “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. Even when we don't "win," there is fun and fulfillment in the fact that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope. An optimist isn't necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places -- and there are so many -- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

“I have come to believe that we must take bold and unequivocal action: we must make the rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization.” – Al Gore

“Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives.” – Albert Einstein

“A lot of people say, ‘What’s the point?’ That’s an excuse for inaction. I’d rather put a drop in the bucket than nothing at all, and every drop adds up.” ~ Jonathan Brock, on his work for Doctors Without Borders

“What we need now is heroes – millions of them. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” – Paul Watson

“A real radical does not stand in the margins, admiring her own purity. Rather, she is a warrior to bring outsiders’ views into the center, asking, ‘How can my actions spark change for the good in the real lives of as many people as possible?’” – Naomi Wolf in Fire with Fire

“May the world’s feast be made safe for women and children. May mothers’ milk run clean again. May denial give way to courageous action. May I always have faith.” – Sandra Steingraber in Having Faith

“Even if I am the only person left on Earth who has hope, and my hope is committed in action, then hope is alive in the world.” – Julia Butterfly Hill, famous for tree-sitting & her book The Legacy of Luna – The Story of a Tree, A Woman, & the Struggle to Save the Redwoods

“But I have faith. Faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and even in His creation. Without it no action would be possible. And action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all. Isn’t that the meaning of Alfred Nobel’s legacy? Wasn’t his fear of war a shield against war?” – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, in his Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech, Dec. 1986

“Evolution is not about design or will; it is the outcome of constant endeavors made by organisms that want to survive and better themselves. The collective result is intoxicatingly beautiful, rife with oddities, and surpassingly brilliant, yet no agent is in control. Evolution arises from the bottom up – so, too, does hope. When fire destroys a forest, the species and plants that were lost will reassert themselves over time. Seeds that have lain dormant for decades and that germinate only when subjected to intense heat will come to life, and bloom in the spring. These plants may have deep taproots that bring up minerals, or broad leaves that create a canopy to help preserve topsoil from sun and rain. The older the forest, the more resilient its capacity to regenerate. Humanity is older than the oldest forest. Its capacity to adapt and restore is vastly underestimated. Evolution is optimism in action. Being compelled to make more of ourselves is the human lot.” -- Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming <Pg. 25>

“We are made aware of the proverbial forks in the road of life from an early age. Whether at commencement or from the pulpit, we are told there is a convenient path, and a less traveled road of integrity. From a Buddhist perspective, the adage is infinitely true. We face such forks a million times a day, even in the space of a breath. Life is permeated with possibility at every instant. What distinguishes one life from another is intention, the one thing that we can control. Rosa Parks’s intentions were deep and unswerving, as were King’s, Thoreau’s, and Gandhi’s; so, too, were Jo Ann Robinson’s and Virginia Durr’s. While the events of the world were out of their control, their resolve was not.

Maybe the best way to understand the future implications of the movement’s daily actions is to remember Emerson’s moral botany: corn seeds produce corn; justice creates justice; and kindness fosters generosity. How do we sow our seeds when large, well-intentioned institutions and intolerant ideologies that purport to be our salvation cause so much damage? One sure way is through smallness, grace, and locality. Individuals start where they stand and, in Antonio Machado’s poetic dictum, make the road by walking. Thoreau insisted in Civil Disobedience that if only one man withdrew his support from an unjust government, it would begin a cycle that would reverberate and grow. For him there were no inconsequential acts, only consequential inaction: ‘for it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.’” Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming <Pg. 84-5>

“There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” – Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille, from Dance to the Piper - quoted in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming, by Paul Hawken <Page 9 & in the Notes>

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” – Thomas Henry Huxley

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” – Gandhi

“Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act.” ~ Ram Dass

“The message, so firmly, is – don’t give up. Don’t hang with the cynics, the angry-hearted, the whiners, the blamers, the negative minded. Hang with those who believe in love, hope, and beauty – and then work with them to make this a reality. This is our planet. This is our time. This is our call to action.” ~ Guy Dauncey, author of The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming

“No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, no matter the developments of life and society, there always come interludes when the course of humankind – the very future of humankind – depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals.” – The Tleilaxu Godbak [Lordy, I have no idea about this one! It's just there, hanging out in my Quotations document. Mystery...]

“There is a powerful distinction that becomes crystal clear when we think about fate and destiny. While fate may be thought of as passively dealing with the challenges that face us by doing nothing, destiny, on the other hand, is the child of action. Our destiny must be put into motion to be realized. In the case of the crises facing us, that action comes in the form of our choices. Destiny is what awaits us, as individuals and together, as we make the choices that lead to the fulfillment of our greatest potential.” – Gregg Braden in Deep Truth – Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny, and Fate

“…you also know that each action undertaken with pure intent has repercussions throughout the web of life, beyond what you can measure or discern.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal

“If we’re headed for the exit gate in the near term, the question then arises: What shall I do? How shall I live my life? In other words, now that we have knowledge of the near-term demise of our species, then what? There are more than seven billion responses to the latter questions. Recognizing that birth is lethal and that we have an opportunity to demonstrate our humanity on the way out the door, I’ve chosen an eyes-wide-open, decidedly counter-cultural approach. I’ve opted out of empire to the maximum possible extent, and I practice and promote a gift economy. Beyond my own actions, I suggest individuals take actions they never previously imagined. I promote resistance against the dominant paradigm, even though – especially though – it appears too late to save our species from near-term extinction. I propose assaulting ourselves and others with compassion. I recommend heavy doses of creativity and courage. I advise doing something well beyond the cultural current of the main stream. At this point, what have you got to lose? Indeed, what have we got to lose?” – Guy McPherson, Nature Bats Last dude in his book Going Dark, on pg. 26-7.

“The best meditation is critical thinking – followed by action.” – the Dalai Lama quoted in Elisabet Sahtouris film “Crisis As Opportunity: Living Better on a Hotter Planet”  

“As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is action. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth.” - Edward Abbey

 

“Do you have the patience to wait ‘til your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving ‘til the right action arises by itself?” – Lao-tzu

 

“Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become character. Character is everything.” – Source unknown

"Talk – Action = Zero" ……… ad in Jan/Feb. 2009 ‘Watershed Sentinel’ magazine

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.” – Paul Hawken

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulghum

"Quit bitching. Start a revolution.” – slogan seen on T-shirts in Washington & Toronto

 

Privilege

“The privilege of a lifetime is to be who you are.” – Joseph Campbell

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” – Oliver Sacks, neurologist, prolific author, in his book Gratitude – essays written during his last 2 years of life

“The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.” ― Terence McKenna

“The world moves when we all learn, wherever we come from, to question the systems of power, privilege and prejudice in which we are raised, and to consider how we might best lend our energies and resources to shift those systems, to make life fairer and freer for everyone. That’s not a lesson they teach you in school.” – Laurie Penny, in the article ‘It’s easy for rich kids to break the rules. But it’s not how the world changes’

“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” – Nelson Mandela

“There are always people willing to commit unspeakable human atrocity in exchange for a little power and privilege.” – Chris Hedges, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Tommy Douglas on Fascism: “Once more let me remind you what fascism is. It need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt – it may even wear a dress shirt. Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.”

“I consider it a privilege to be at the side of an incredible, powerful woman who’s changing the world, while doing the same – without the need to compete, dominate, or submit.” – Avi Lewis, partner of Naomi Klein

“We are privileged, and the duty of privilege is absolute integrity.” – John O’Donohue, Irish poet, philosopher and former priest