photo by grassrootsmsw
"Making mental connections is our
most critical learning tool, the essence
of human intelligence: to forge links;
to go beyond the given; to see
patterns, relationship, context."
"A Senegalese poet said 'In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.' We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage."
–Yo Yo Ma, White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy-
A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle…one rainy night asked,"Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?" Muste replied, "Oh, I don't do it to change the country, I do it so the country won't change me.”