June 6, 2000

Subject: Feedbacks About Despair and Depression

Hello everyone,

I've been swamped with wonderful and inspiring feedbacks to the last post About Despair & Depression, so much so that there is not enough room to include them all below. So I'll include them in another compilation soon. There are 2 especially long and beautiful ones -- from Roan Carratu and from Lorna Salzman -- which I'm sure will elicit yet many more comments...

Since I cannot possibly reply separately to everyone who sent a comment, please accept hereby my thankful appreciation for your most valuable contributions to this co-creative endeavour for a world filled with happy, fulfilled and consciously evolving souls.

Love and multihued blessings,

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
Focus Group Facilitator

P.S. Replies to the survey included along with the last Meditation Focus are still very much welcomed... Even if it is just to say "Hello, I like what you do and participate in the meditations as much as I can." Every single one participant to this global healing work is vitally needed...

From: "Glenn Ashton" <ekogaia@iafrica.com>
Subject: Activist Depression
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000

Hi there Jean,

I read with interest your posting on depression and despair, especially that
felt by activists and those who are, like you at the forefront of pushing
the envelope of world perceptions.

One of the reasons change is so difficult is that it is unsettling,
especially to those who have become set in thier ways. I think everybody
struggles to change themselves in some way or the other. Sometimes changing
oneself demands looking at aspects of the self that are not entirely to our
liking. This can be depressing. Changing ourselves is easy compared to
changing the world.

Changing the world is exceptionally difficult in that we do not have a line
into everybody else's head, least of all those who are in charge, whether
politically or in commercially. It is also very difficult to persuade people
who are comfortable in themselves to change; it challenges their status quo
and their comfort zone.
I believe this is the biggest reason why the (comfortable) industrialised
north is so slow to come to the assistance of the oppressed and exploited

On the other hand, speaking as the manager of a small local environmental
NGO, the apathy of people about taking control of issues that effect them on
a day to day basis is staggering. This in itself is depressing.

I also believe, that without giving in to paranoia or a massive conspiracy
theory mindset, that there are forces working to maintain the status quo who
will stop at nothing to stem the inevitable movement toward a sustainable,
just and unified world. Psy-ops, the manipulation of the media, the
inculcation of a feeling of helplessness, the seeming impossibility of the
task at hand; all these and more slowly wear down even the most dedicated
amongst us. Perhaps also we are at risk as visionaries, as idealists, as
free thinkers simply by our very nature of wanting to change that which is
slow to change.

As humans, change is slow to occur, in our perception. It may take our
lifetime to make a change take place. This too can lead to depression and a
feeling of helplessness. But remember, all of you out there;
environmentalists, lightworkers, idealists, dreamers, networkers,
meditators, mediators, and all others, we can make a difference and will
make a difference. The change may be on a practical or on a metaphysical
level but simply by believing strongly enough we engender change.

Please do not be downcast; you are not alone. We are many and we have the
power of good on our side. Our good intentions will translate themselves
into good actions and finally into changes for the better. Even if we feel
that things are hard, that is good. If it were easy we would not even
concern ourselves. But it is hard and that is the road we have chosen. Do
not despair, for in the end the world may not change significantly for us
but it will be better for our children.

Forward and onward and upward and into the light we must go. It is the only
way to go, even if it is hard.

All the best

Glenn Ashton.
(Obsessional idealist and many other things beside!)

"All policymakers must be vigilant to the possibility of research data being
manipulated by corporate bodies and of scientific colleagues being seduced
by the material charms of industry. Trust is no defence against an
aggressively deceptive corporate sector,"
THE LANCET, April 2000

"When a butterfly flaps its wings in Africa, it can cause a hurricane in New York."

From: "alishah barlow" <alishah@rmi.net>
Subject: Re: About despair
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000

beloved friends,

I have just received the e-mail about depression, etc.

Often, being an anonymous Light Worker in the trenches, over these past many
years, I have felt like we have missed it, lost it, hope is gone, might as
well give up...then one time I began to look for the blessings...what
positive impact has occurred since I graduated from high school in 1965? It
is actually quite humbling to see just how far human consciousness has come.

Take a look and be grateful. It possibly will renew your fervor. Yes, there
are still many challenging tasks ahead of us, and currently with us, but
they can and will be melted down.

Remember there is nothing stronger than Divine Love...so be a beacon,
channel, vessel...whatever you wish to call it, and allow the Love beam to
shine through you...and no, that does not mean to be 'nicey, nicey'...it
means to be strong, unwavering with a tremendous amount of compassion and
Love for all...and sometimes in the outside world it does not look loving,
but is.

This is not the time for us to dissolve with our kleenex boxes into the
corner, but recognize as you all have done that we are tired and depressed,
then get on with it...ask for help, turn over the depressions and get on
with it!

No one ever told us this was going to be an easy walk.

A wise one told me once to be absolutely total in all I do... pour my entire
Beingness into whatever was before me...AND...be absolutely unattached to
the outcome...because it would be perfect as Creator intended.

This is a tough one when we see our brothers, sisters and Mother Earth being
whammmied...but we need to TRUST in those moments, check in with ourselves
that we are being absolutely total in what we do. Absolute unwavering Trust.

If we hold on to the 'what if's'...such as Jean's concert and the
contributions to support it not coming together, then we are unavailable to
help get other things done. Yes, we feel bad about it AND must move on with
Love and a song for Creator in our Hearts.

So chin up brothers and sisters. In wholistic health, healing is slow and
from the inside out, addressing the root cause...it is no different in this
outer world...renew and redouble your efforts at shining your own inner
mirror, heal your selves from the inside out, as this occurs more of our
world will also heal. Spend time renewing and strengthening your connection
to your Creator, ask for assistance, turn the burdens over, be available for
another assignment.

Be humble and grateful for what is right now.

Be fervent in your prayers...ask the unseen world for assistance.

I honor and Love each and every one of you for your tremendous dedication,
courage and stamina...it is darkest just before the dawn.

Giggle at the glorious cosmic joke of it all, get on your knees in
gratefulness at having a body at this wondrous time, of being in service to
the All, then get up and get back to work!

Hugs, giggles

Blessings & love to you all, deer wind listening


From: "makasha" <makasha@bwn.net>
Subject: Trust
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000

In these times of seeming tragedy and chaos, trust is most essential. Most of our human minds cannot pierce the veil of illusion and truly know that underlying all the seeming pain and ignorance, there is a perfect plan. What seems to be bringing fear and separation is in all actuality creating unity and completion.

Our thoughts and speech must ever be focused upon the Good in life. We must stop conversing upon the separate view and the supposed sad state of the world. We are being drawn together into tribes. We feel a calling, a pull that we cannot quite understand or resist. We must come to know that beyond the shadow play of confusion and change, there is a force that is gently guiding our destinies.

Rest in this, surrender to this, trust in this. Trust without evidence is crucial as our time of re-birth approaches. Look not upon appearances for truth. What we see with our human eyes and filter through our fragmented minds is sometimes most deceiving. Look instead within, in reverent prayer, with child like trust for guidance and direction. Know that we do not know and simply surrender to that which does.

Love, Love, Love,


From: Lightweave@aol.com
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000
Subject: Re: About despair

There is never a time
when the glass
is not both
half empty and half full

We constantly stand
at the crossroads of consciousness
deciding which
we will devote our attention to.

Both are true
Neither are true
Except that our consciousness
makes them so

Which will it be?
Whichever it is
We are quiet sure
To receive more of.



Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000
From: Elohim <elohim@powerup.com.au>
Subject: Re: About despair, an Undaunted & Undeterred friend, etc.

Hello Jean,

We are just back from our latest tour to Sedona and Mount Shasta for the
Wesak ceremonies. I am now very busy with the next issue of the Journal
and straightening out our lives and having a wonderful time in the process.

I had to answer this though :

Depression is a tool of the ego seeking once more to bring you to heel.
There is nothing in your world to be depressed about - try counting your
blessings and see how perfect you are and with the gratitude that must
spring from this recognition will come the change in the reality around you.

Depression is all about perspective which stems from attachment and as most
of us accept, everything we perceive creates our next moment - take stock,
take charge and don't be manipulated.

In reference to the beautiful man whose projects and desire to "save the
world" are resulting in no response. He will come to understand that it is
all about his own judgement and surrender - see next issue of Elohim.
There is no world to save except the one that he believes is his. The only
reality is that which we create and to view the world as needing to be
saved is merely a reflection of our own state of lack and loss. Truly
change the vision within and the reality outside will adjust.

There is no need to be an Eternal Optimist - even that requires judgement
of good and bad and other duality. There just is. Stay with that and
allow all and be at peace.

My friends, you are already Masters at creating your reality, hold the
focus and it will all unfold in perfection.

Love and Blessings,


Please come and visit our web site - www.elohim.com - it gives a complete
overview of the Journal and wonderful information from back issues.

You have nothing to lose. All that you can lose is your tension and your
worry, your little-mindedness, fear, and anxiety. And fear and anxiety,
tension and worry in the small, little mind will keep the mind from being
free, will keep the mind from experiencing its infinite potential, will
keep the mind from becoming more powerful on this planet.

-- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Surrender and Bondage

From: "Cathy Goodman" <goodman@sutton.com>
Subject: Spiritual Depression
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000

Dear Jean and Michael,

First let me tell you that I love you both, you are very appreciated in my
heart and that what you are doing is highly worthy - but you already know
that or you wouldn't keep doing it! Second, I believe the word is Oppressed
not Depressed. I used to get so depressed I couldn't function until one day
it occurred to me that what I really was is oppressed. By this I mean all of
the economic, ecological, social and political agendas that revolve around
the desire to have more money and power than the next guy and the inherent
destruction to the body and soul's of the earth and her people because of
that mindset.

Since making that distinction for myself it has helped me to stay informed
regarding planetary issues but not get depressed about the sad state of the
world. Here's how I see it. The dictionary states that depression means
"dejection of emotional spirits" and oppression means "weigh heavy on the
mind - tyrannize". If I allow myself to believe I am depressed I am buying
into the idea that there is something emotionally and/or spiritually lacking
in me, not to mention the mental depravity one feels in a state of
depression. These are our internal states of being and far too precious and
perfect to depress.

Conversely, to be oppressed is to recognize that there are many things that
are weighing heavily on my mind due to the tyranny of outside forces. The
word "tyranny" means government by absolute rule, oppressive government,
despotism". This is firmly placing that energy of disgust where it belongs -
externally onto the outside forces that I feel are pushing in on me. I can
then push back as it is external. If the feeling is internal it is very
difficult to see it clearly and then do something to change it or empower
myself. This then allows me to feel joy within myself while still
acknowledging that my outer world is discordant and at odds with how my
inner being desires it to look and feel. I can now take affirmative action
because I have separated it from myself.

Third, I am a very busy person as most of us are today. I am bombarded with
reading material that I need to review just to keep semi up to date in my
career as well as stay current on the world happenings. I have been
faithfully reading almost everything that both of you have put out for about
2 years now and as you well know that is ALLOT of information! I barely have
time to read this stuff, go to the web links you provide and then take
whatever action I decide to. I feel that being that committed to your
content is my gift back to you. I also don't write back with my feedback as
I think that so many other people do you don't need to hear from me. Thus, I
am spending about an hour right now composing this email so that you will
know that you are very important to me and that I do appreciate you very
much and that it is OK to feel oppressed - use that frustration and anger to
motivate yourself. Feeling depressed however is debilitating and one cannot
make a difference while in that state.

Fourth, I think that most people just don't know what to say and there is a
fear of being criticized as well. To all of you who do put out your ideas
and are more visible in this regard - congratulations and thank you - it
takes great courage.

Lastly, I would just like to say that the following comments from the last
email are right on in my opinion some of the best words I've read yet:

"Doing nothing is not apathy. It is the passive phase of a cycle that
includes activity and festivity. We have been very active for several
centuries... or at least decades. The seeds we planted and sowed on our
journey are now germinating, but the seedlings are very tender yet.

The Shadow of Nothingness fears Oblivion and will do Everything Possible to
delay or thwart the inevitable paradigm shift, the quantum jump, the
ascension of Lady Gaia, the New Golden Dawn. We must allow it to exhaust
itself, while responding instinctively, like veteran tennis players, to the
to-and-froing of our mental focus. Meanwhile, the apocalyptic horrors will
pile up around us. Let them. Just keep the Inner Light glowing within,
remember we are Perfect Holograms of the One, of All That Is, and that
means the Darkness, the Evil, the Disease are all within us too. They are
the outward manifestations of our collective petty ego fears and
jealousies. The shadow self that feels shame and guilt and profound
unworthiness - that could buy an unlikely story like Original Sin - the
traumatized inner child programmed to believe it will never be good until
it has become Rich and Famous!"

In closing, it takes most of my energy just to increase and hold my own
light while striving to also be the reflection of the light that spirit
desires me to be. What I have come to know in my heart is that if that is
all I do it is more than enough.

Many blessing to all who are on their path of light,
Cathy Goodman - alias lightbeam

If you would like to see the light project I have been involved with for 5
years which is just now coming to fruition go to http://www.supernatural.com

Learn how to live long and prosper!

This has truly been a labour of love for those of us involved - we have given
up a lot to bring forward the light. Another great site we built as a labour of
love on everything you every wanted to know about colour and it's spiritual
properties go to http://www.aura-soma.co.uk

(PS "Labour of love" translates into not being paid and going without personally
because you are committed to something in your heart!)

Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000
From: noelle simpson <noelle_simpson@compuserve.com>
Subject: About despair,

Hi Jean

Great work you are doing. Michael should not be depressed that people read about good things and
didn't reply to him.Email overload is one reason. Does he send this info out to get email pat on the back or as a gift to others. His reward is that he knows he has sent out good news. That should be enough ........ He has 4 letters of appreciation... does he suffers because it is not enough????

It all comes down to expectations..... once he can give with out expectation then I'm sure that more and more positive feed back will come his way.

Concentrate on the positive and there won't be time to be depressed



Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2000
From: "Dave Rietz (DORway.com)" <dorietz@awod.com>
Subject: Re: About despair

Eight years ago when the urologist informed me, and the young age of 55,
that I was now the first among my long lived ancestors to acquire any form
of cancer... and that it was already in the terminal stage (spread)... that
was the pits of MY despair. Radiation treatments had been worthless, and
the grand a month CHT drug therapy was not a cure... just a means of
slowing the cancer's progress. At that point in time I removed my wrist
watch, a device I had worn for most of my 55 years... and disposed of
it. Time (or lack of it) was not something I wanted to be reminded about.

Thanks to fifteen years of aspartame in my coffee (Equal... my only
source), I became so hurting and deeply depressed that, after bombing with
the last of 21 (of 21) clueless doctors, and before chancing upon the then
newly posted 92 FDA symptoms of aspartame poisoning on Mark Gold's huge
site... I did wonder if Dr. Kevorkian had a full dance card. Very
uncharacteristic of me... and out of line for my ancestral traditions.

If there is any one thing that seems to be a "key" to depression... it
may well be some manner of chemical imbalance. Regardless... as I barely
tolerate maddening tinnitus, put up with massive memory loss, and on
occasion... mourn the loss of from 15 to 30 (or more) years from my own
life-span... I have decided that I have no room in my life for such extra
mental baggage as depression.

How do I implement this in a reasonable fashion? I stay too busy to
have time to think about it. I overcame 45 years of smoking... by being
"kind" to myself. Every time I got the urge... I "promised" myself... "in
a minute".... and stayed busy as could be doing SOMETHING (anything). Next
urge... same thing. Before long those urges changed from every ten
minutes... to twenty minutes, then to hours, then to days, and now...
going on four years later... to perhaps every six months. As an ex diary
user I am still a "lover" of that acquired taste... but have decided it is
NOT a "taste to die for". When I get an urge... same thing... get/stay
busy and be nice to myself... with a "reasonable" promise of "in a minute".

The drawback... between those "minutes" from various ex-vices, and my
drive to help others learn the truth and perhaps get well... the total
number of minutes per month add up to around 250 donated hours working
several web sites, finding and posting new information, zapping the
opposition, handling Email traffic, etc.

Considering that this keeps me so occupied that I rarely note my
tinnitus and have no time to feel sorry for myself... the depression is a
non-issue. Of course... removing aspartame from my diet and eliminating
over 95% of my pain and crippling limitations... had a LOT to do with it.

By the way... for those who have cancer (or anything that "grows"),
consider removing all cow's milk and dairy from the diet. Over the past
three years over which I have removed dairy from my diet... my cancer seems
to be progressing four times slower than eight years ago. That is a
depression buster, too! That, and "think positive". If that doesn't
work... just turn on the TV or radio and note how many OTHER humans have it
so much worse than you. Taken all together... depression becomes a non-issue.

Back during the "end game" of my aspartame disease... the last drug that
the last of 21 doctors to misdiagnose and improperly medicate me for... was
Prozac. That drug was NOT the answer... and I suspect that any such drug
that masks the problem is useless.

Food for thought.


From: "JennyHabib" <JennyHabib@berko77.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Re: About despair,
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000

Dear Jean

I read an interesting article today stating; that the entries for a literary
competition for the under thirties were almost all about violence and
cruelty in personal and in business relationships. This, in England, where
violence is actually rare. The mind controllers on the media have presented
such a coldly cruel view of people for so long that the younger generation
think this is the only thing to be interested in and the only reality. This
is not just sad, it is untruthful as well as damaging. Yes, I get depressed.
I hate it when scare-mongers write up new things to frighten us in our own
country, mostly imagined. I hate the feeling of helplessness which the
problems of Africa, India, Pakistan, China and the Far East give me, there
are enough things going on in the real world to terrify and depress us. We
have to hold onto our innate sense of justice and right behaviour. This is
the life of our souls, without hope we will be dead indeed! The atmosphere
of a truly peaceful soul spreads like light all around them and permeates
the minds of those who meet them. This is the aim of us all.

Do not despair, there is a lot of good going on too. We would not be here on
your email list if we did not believe in a better life, and be searching for
ways to help it along.

It is not always a battle, the really effective counter to the problems is a
widely circulated statement of how to improve them. Once an idea is
understood it cannot be deleted from the human mind!

Best wishes, peace and love to you all


Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2000
From: Sue <spotter@yournet.com>
Subject: Re: About despair

Hi Jean!

It seems everyone is activating about the Rain Forest, but few seem to
care about our own deforestation. When I lived in Oregon, the
government would send in someone to mark the trees that were to be left
in place by the logging companies, and then the loggers would come in
and proceed to cut everything down, including the marked trees. Many of
these were the huge old growth trees that were supposed to be left
alone. They took them anyway. The government didn't care, and turned
their backs on what was going on, since they got paid for the trees that
came out of the National Forests. There were no fines or anything, and
the lumber companies just came in and had their way, and were laughing
about it all the way to the bank.

I think there should be more focus on our own disappearing forests. The
trees give us oxygen, and the world is swiftly running out of this
element. No wonder we are all losing our memories without enough oxygen
to the brain!



Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2000
From: Chere Rae <heartvisions@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Despair/Depression response

Thank you, Jean, here I sit you are providing a wonderful opportunity
and challenge for many for growth on a large scale.

Despair/Depression response: This is the year of the VOID, so here we
all are, having to face our own fear or shadow parts (that are in the
DARK). Astrology has been showing this consistently.

The movie, "Fail Safe" brought a vast call in my opinion to clear and
face another fear level for those of us who felt the panic, chaos,
disappear/depression. What a challenge and opportunity.

The bottom of our emotional well is FEAR and the height is LOVE.
Depression in my experience is a level of anger unexplored, which I find
unfortunately common, sadly amongst many light workers. Anger seems to
be the emotion that most CHOOSE to squash and not go there because it
brings up what? FEAR! That is much built up and stored negative energy
in one's bodies to keep dragging around.

Despair from my experience is/was, DARK NIGHT of the SOUL, major life
turning point.

Higher consciousness and evolution does include the process and clearing
our emotional body and ALL of the emotions. Facing the shadow side of us
is called growth and energy shifting. I have in my experience and
spiritual learning found this process paramount, we cannot leave it
behind or we can not evolve or raise our own consciousness. We can feed
the mental and have wonderful meditations and energy experiences.
However unless we own our thoughts, feelings and actions into one we are
still on the emotional fence stuck in our own stuckness.

In my experience that is how we affect the whole in raising coniousness
and shifting energy in MIND - BODY - SPIRIT and our PLANET!
I am sending along three wonderful shorts mirroring the same.


Chere Rae

From: "KIMBERLEY CLARK" <kimberley.soulutions@virgin.net>
Subject: Re: About despair
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 20000.3

Hi Jean,


In response to your mail on depression. My thoughts and inspiration.

All emotions are simply that, emotions. E-motions energy in motion.
Depression can be the manifestation of anger turned inward. In not wanting
to express anger or battle out there in the the world we turn it upon
ourselves, for as we know energy never dies, it simply changes form. When
we get angry enough about something we take action to manifest change and
bring about desired outcome, so in that sense we are alchemists,
transforming base metal into gold. All energy seeks expression. Energy is
neither good nor bad, positive or negative. Energy is Energy. Our
intention is the all important focus, for as we know we are Co-Creators with
God. In this our 3d world, how would we see our love take form, without
the experience of fear. It is in our coming up against (an)other that we
find our-self. Our battle or struggle with self and other could be seen
from another perspective as the cosmic dance of life itself, seeking
expression and form. Could it be that the idealists, need to be depressed?
Perhaps it is that we need to learn to live with and accept balance and
duality in this life, given that this is our chosen experience at this time.
Letting go of the smaller picture, we find that in truth, there is no
duality, for all is one, manifesting the illusion of duality in order to
know itself more clearly.

In honour and respect for the God that I AM.


Believe there is a greater power silently working for all things good.
Behave yourself and never mind the rest.

- Beatrix Potter

From: "Joy Wright1" <joyeagle@uswest.net>
Subject: Re: About despair
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000

ONE definition of depression is: unspoken or unresolved (also known as fear)

I think as long as we are in the human body, we will have all the
appropriate highs and lows, much like an EKG, everyone knows what a flatline
( no highs and lows) means---Joy

From: Adell Kinsman <adell@sunsinger.com>
Subject: One
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2000


One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference,
you see it's up to You!


Sun Singer web site

From: "Leo Genereux" <sueg@tsn.cc>
Subject: happy dreams from australia
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000

Dear Jean,

Welcome from Tinonee, New South Wales, Australia! The discovery of the WWW and it's potential to join likeminded people for the good of all has given me renewed hope in the techno-obsessed future. Here's the lyrics to a song which I wrote to help me focus on the life-giving positive forces that are within me and all others. The word 'dreamtime' has a special significance to the indigenous peoples of Australia. It's the 'more real than real' dimension where everything comes from and everything goes.

I call upon all of the dreamtime brothers and dreamtime sisters of the world to visualize a planet where peace, love and compassion prevail.


The weak can lean on the strong

The lost can learn to belong

The man can give up his war

There can be peace evermore

(verse 2)

The fearful give up their fear

The lonely let someone near

The greedy give up their greed

The needy find what they need


Dreamtime brothers

Dreaming up a happy song

Dreaming about a place

Where everybody gets along.

Dreamtime sisters

Dreaming up a happy scene

Dreaming about a space

Where everyone has Happy Dreams

Happy Dreams

Happy Dreams

Happy Dreams

Happy Dreams

(verse 3)

The sick can learn to be well

There's really nothing to sell them

The cure is here for us all

For young and old, big and small

(verse 4)

The suffering give up their pain

The planet's healthy again

Imagine how it can be

The healing century.


Sincerely, Leo Genereux (genereous lion) <sueg@tsn.cc>

Date: Sun, 04 Jun 2000
From: Harmonia <harmonia@curinfo.an>

The diamond cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.

Chinese Proverb

From: Chere Rae <heartvisions@earthlink.net>

Success is not measured
by what a man accomplishes,
but by the opposition
he has encountered
and the courage with which
he has maintained the struggle
against overwhelming odds.

- Charles A. Lindbergh, Aviation Pioneer

"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the
lot of others. . .they send forth a ripple of hope, and crossing each
other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those
ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of
oppression and resistance."

- Robert F. Kennedy