Thursday, November 12, 2009

The test of a democracy

A recent Foundations class participant here at the Center offers the following:

The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but rather the care given to the welfare of all the people.

-Helen Keller, lecturer and author (1880-1968)

I so agree. (I don't really understand why this is not obvious to most people.)


  1. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Americans are like teenagers!
    I belong to an international spiritual group and also lived in Canada for 15 years.I have Russian,Japanese,Hungarian,French and especially the Canadian and English telling me all the time, how the Americans are always acting like "belligerent teenagers".
    Especially during the Bush years. They hope very much that Obama will "act" grown up and think about the future of our country.Many laugh and say we are only "200" years old and don't predict that we will be around very long going the way we are going.
    p.s. As an American, I can say that every word said about waiting for Health care in Canada and England,is pure propaganda.And yes they do sometimes come to the US to get "better" care from American Doctors and The Government pays for it! Because they want you to get better or faster care!

  2. It´s such a simple thing...really it is...having a headstart made the difference for me and mine and NOW IS the time that WE level the playing field and at least offer support/handup or headsup for all of our sister and brothers in life who are no longer ¨willing¨ to be left behind...again. Sharing what we know and what we have is a very big deal.


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