Parker Palmer, American Educator ( - )

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Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It's about reclaiming the power of 'We the People' to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.~Parker Palmer

Good Power Together

Even when life challenges us, it's a gift beyond all measure.~Parker Palmer

Life Education Gift

I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy.~Parker Palmer

Happiness Happy Reality

Every religious tradition is rooted in mysteries I don't pretend to understand, including claims about what happens after we die. But this I know for sure: as long as we're alive, choosing resurrection is always worth the risk.~Parker Palmer

Risk Die Tradition

When I was depressed, nobody expected anything of me, nor did I expect anything of myself. I was exempt from life's demands and risks. But if I were to find new life, who knows what daunting tasks I might be required to take on?~Parker Palmer

Life Myself Me

Movements begin when oppressed people make - and keep remaking - a deeply inward decision to stop consenting to external demands that contradict a critical inner truth, the truth that they are worthy of respect.~Parker Palmer

Respect Truth Decision

I think there's a lot of anesthesia being - that's been pumped into American culture, the mass media television, various forms of entertainment, and the illusion of wealth that we now understand to be an illusion as well as the illusion that America is a world power.~Parker Palmer

Power Culture World

America's freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others.~Parker Palmer

Wisdom Freedom Religion

There are a million 'oughts' in the world. There's a million ways in which I ought to be serving the world. But the ways I'm gifted to serve and the opportunities that come to me to serve are not a million.~Parker Palmer

World Opportunities Me

What passes for political realism may make for lively academic debates. But it often functions, ironically, as a tool of social control, rendering us passive with an analysis that overwhelms and paralyzes us.~Parker Palmer

May Political Control

Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: 'Does my life have meaning and purpose?' 'Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?' 'Whom and what shall I serve?' 'Whom and what can I trust?' 'How can I rise above my fears?'~Parker Palmer

Life Trust Purpose

We are a profoundly interconnected species, as the global economic and ecological crises reveal in vivid and frightening detail. We must embrace the simple fact that we are dependent on and accountable to one another.~Parker Palmer

Simple Detail Embrace

Whether we're Democrats or Republicans or independents, we have to learn to hang together or we're gonna hang separately.~Parker Palmer

Together Learn Gonna

Proposing inner-life solutions to our political and economic catastrophes is something done, say the critics, only by people who've spent more time in la-la land than in the 'real world.'~Parker Palmer

Time World Political

Fascist movements kill off their critics, literally or metaphorically, while democratic movements value, invite and even welcome criticism.~Parker Palmer

Welcome Value Criticism

Whatever America's founders believed about Christianity - and they believed a wide range of things - they clearly rejected the idea of an established church.~Parker Palmer

America Church Idea

As a Christian, I'm passionately opposed to American pretensions that we have special standing with God; to political office-seekers who play on our religious differences; and to the religious arrogance that says, 'Our truth is the only truth.'~Parker Palmer

Truth God Political

We have been deformed by educational and religious institutions that treat us as members of an audience instead of actors in a drama, so we become adults who treat democracy as a spectator sport.~Parker Palmer

Democracy Treat Drama