Wednesday Words

To Go Where Your VisionPoints, a few inspiration points for you and your business.

I hope these quotations will grab you no matter where you call home, though I’ll admit, I’m both off-topic and a bit U.S.-centric today.

In the shift from direct democracy to representational democracy, the printed book became an embodiment of thought for the physically absent author; and so the popular art form of the popular book and the pamphlet re-presented ideas and contributed to the public space of political philosophies of the Enlightenment.

Television, however, now brings forth this new kind of public space, and it calls into being this new world, not of the educated citizenry in a republic, but of the electropeasantry in the state of Entertainment. Recall how people stopped singing in pubs when they brought in the TV set, and you will appreciate the new passivity in which people stop voting for their representatives as TV takes over the electoral campaigns.
—William Irwin Thompson

Inform yourself. Don’t wait for the t.v. to do it for you. You’ve got a critical job to do in less than one week, and the “new passivity” just doesn’t cut it.

The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.
—Thomas Paine

Feeling lazy? Skip voting, and you’re enslaving yourself to the will of the hundreds of millions of us who will get out next Tuesday. I can decide your fate if you want me to….

I hope that no American … will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.
—John F. Kennedy

Or on account of his skin color. Or on account of his age. We’re better than that. Vote for the mind, and the heart, and the visionary, unflagging spirit of your country’s next leader. Whomever you believe that should be.

Finally, some of my favorite words I’ve ever read:

Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and what you are, in Philadelphia, now. He that can give to his city any blessing, he who can be a good citizen while he lives here, he that can make better homes, he that can be a blessing whether he works in the shop or sits behind the counter or keeps house, whatever be his life, he who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.
—Russell Herman Conwell

  Conwell gave this public address more than 6,000 times from 1877 until his death in 1925. He tailored his speech to individual cities by changing Philadelphia, his home town, to the name of the city where he was speaking.

To my Dear Readers in the U.S.: Vote next Tuesday. This is how we begin to make our own Philadelphias better.

In my humble opinion, there’s nothing more important that you’ll do all year.


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson