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All the other books ask, 'What's it like?' What was World War II like for the young kid at Normandy, or what is work like for a woman having a job for the first time in her life? What's it like to be black or white?
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At the same time, we have the technology of destruction since Hiroshima and beyond - technology that can destroy the world.
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But along comes his brother who said, 'Why don't you have the two of us talk and reminisce, and you ask provocative questions?'
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But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
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But we have other journalists, and they are the few who come through here and there.
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Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
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Dorothy Day said - and I'm sure that Kathy Kelly would say the same thing - 'I'm working toward a world in which it will be easier for people to behave decently.' Now, think about that: a world in which it will be easier for people to behave decently.
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Finally, he did see them and they got together. That couple, in a sense, have adopted as theirs the boy who killed their son.
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He said, 'I don't believe in it. I won't. Under no circumstances will I allow my people to be demeaned by doing this.' And he resigned.
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He was a disciple of Dorothy Day, too. Jerry Brown still believes in his Jesuit training. A number of them still believe in that.
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He was supposed to testify and he was trembling, because he thought she might tell the story. She said no, she just winked at him, and then she said, 'If he reads this book, I hope he'll forgive me for telling you the story.' So that is Kathy Kelly. And there is faith. And there is hope.
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Hope dies last' was a phrase used by Jessie de la Cruz, one of the first women to work for Cesar Chavez in organizing the farm workers union.
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Hope is more abstract but, at the same time, this turns out to be the most personal of all the books. This, in short, is a tribute to all those people whom I call 'the prophetic minority.'
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I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.
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I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.
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I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory.
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I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.
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I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now.
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I want a language that speaks the truth.
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I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.
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I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored.
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I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.
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I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility. People can connect with each other. I think people are ready for something, but there is no leadership to offer it to them. People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are part of a world.'
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I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.
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If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.
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In the early days the brass check was something that someone got at a brothel, a sporting house. When you paid the madam two dollars, you would receive a brass check. The girl would be given the brass check. At the end of the day, she would cash in all her brass checks.
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It could be fighting for stoplights on a certain corner where kids cross. And it could be something for peace, or for civil rights, or for human rights.
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Kathy Kelly has borne witness in Basra and Baghdad to the innocent victims of war. She's been mentioned for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.
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Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe in the hereafter? Of course I do. I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too, because of the solace.
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People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.' We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not have national health insurance. We are the richest in wealth and the poorest in health of all the industrial nations.
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People say, 'I'm helpless.' Of course, if you're alone. There are so many groups - environmental groups, other groups - but there is no one umbrella.
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Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book, too.
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Rosa Parks went to school there and so did Dr. Martin Luther King and others. But the school was under attack. These people, few in number and way outnumbered, were fighting way back then. In the book I celebrate the ones who are doing this sort of work today.
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She has shadowed some of the thousands of missile sites we have. Many people may not think they have seen any, but they have when they drive by one in the Midwest. It's like a little hill, but it just ruins the corn country around it. Corn can't be planted.
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She looks at the boy and says, 'Do you know why I'm kneeling now? Do you know why I'm here?' He says, 'Why, ma'am?' 'Because I'm praying for the corn to grow.' Then she looks at him and senses he's a country boy.
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She says, 'Wouldn't you like the corn to grow?' 'Yes, ma'am.' 'Will you pray with me for the corn to grow?' He says, 'Yes, ma'am.' And he thought of a prayer for the corn to grow. Then the kid says - he's still got the gun to her head - 'Ma'am, are you thirsty?' 'Oh, yes.'
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She wanted people in the passing cars to see the sign: 'Beat your swords into plowshares and study war no more,' from Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet.
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So here we are. We have a choice to make.
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So I go backstage with a number of us to shake her hand. As I put forth my hand, she says, 'Thank you, dear,' and she puts forth her hand. In her hand are a hundred leaflets.
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So people are ready. I feel hopeful in that sense.
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Someone who does an act. In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist; that is, you participate. It could be a letter written to an editor.
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That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting.
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That's why I wrote this book: to show how these people can imbue us with hope. I read somewhere that when a person takes part in community action, his health improves. Something happens to him or to her biologically. It's like a tonic.
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The judge was kind, but she's not going to recant or say she's sorry and she's never going to do it again. Of course not. She got a couple of years in the federal pen. But she saw that boy in court.
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The September 11 assault was horrendous. But there's another assault that's taking place. It's an assault upon our intelligence. It's an assault upon our sense of decency as well as upon our faiths too, I believe.
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Then I had to go see the couple,' who are not members of his parish, but he was praying for them. It was pretty tough.
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They both spoke of that back in 1945. It's more than half a century later, and what they said is even more italicized.
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We are the most powerful nation in the world, but we're not the only nation in the world. We are not the only people in the world. We are an important people, the wealthiest, the most powerful and, to a great extent, generous. But we are part of the world.
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We use the word 'hope' perhaps more often than any other word in the vocabulary: 'I hope it's a nice day.' 'Hopefully, you're doing well.' 'So how are things going along? Pretty good. Going to be good tomorrow? Hope so.'
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When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important.
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Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.
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With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.
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You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.
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