Our World in Words

Globalisation & Nationality



"Further World progress is now possible only through the search for a consensus of all mankind, in movement toward a new World order. Otherwise we simply will not be able to solve a single World problem; arrange broad, mutually advantageous and equitable cooperation between peoples; manage rationally the achievements of the scientific and technical revolution; transform World economic relations; protect the environment; overcome underdevelopment; or put an end to hunger, disease, illiteracy, and other mass ills.”

Mikhail Gorbachev, speech to the United Nations 1988


Our true nationality is mankind” - H G Wells"


"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - old African proverb


Inequality


Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the 'greatest good for the greatest number' can excuse indifference to individual suffering. There is no test for progress other than its impact on the individual.” - Aneurin Bevan


Technology & Environment


The most important and urgent problems of technology today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages done by technology of yesterday.” - Dennis Gabor


We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to” - Terri Swearingen


Dealing with global warming doesn't mean we all have to suddenly stop breathing. It means that we have to stop waste.” - Sir David Attenborough


National governments will resist global solutions, since each government wants to control what happens in its own country, but global emergencies need global action. After all, we're not dealing with international warming.” - Lawrence and Alison Matthews, Framespotting


Healthcare


It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich World” - Paul Farmer


War & Violence


I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent” - Mahatma Gandhi


Two wrongs don't make a right” - old proverb per Douglas Bruce


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”

- Albert Einstein


Education & Empathy


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World. No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.” - Nelson Mandela


A human being is part of a whole. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest.... a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

 - Albert Einstein


Making it Happen


We have come to rely on a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it”

- H G Wells


Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” - John Ruskin


It always seems impossible until it's done” - Nelson Mandela