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Helen Keller on the power of ideas

May 10, 1933:  Students across 34 universities in Germany gathered to burn books from Jewish intellectuals such as Einstein and Freud, as well as other blacklisted non Jewish authors including Hemingway and Keller.  On this same day a gathering of around 40,000 German citizens listened intently as Joseph Goebbels stated “the era of extreme Jewish intellectualism is now at an end. … The future German man will not just be a man of books, but a man of character. It is to this end that we want to educate you. … And thus you do well in this midnight hour to commit to the flames the evil spirit of the past.” In the weeks preceding, several American organisation knew of the pending book burnings, and as a result Helen Keller wrote the open letter shown in this photograph. The text of the letter: To the Student Body of Germany, May […]

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Rock, Paper, Scissor…what!?!

 So 2013 turned to 2014 and the world keeps spinning.  All of the world’s problems, from hunger to excess, are still sitting there, waiting to be solved.  Humanity simply watched with optimism as the calendar flipped, hoping that, perhaps by magic, the new year would bring with it all the answers without any of the effort.  But there are a few of you out there that watched the flip and felt something flip inside you as well.  You felt the sudden and uncontrollable desire to CHANGE something.  To you I say, “What the fuck are you waiting for?”

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