Yesterday’s [Daily Inspiration] proclaimed the sufficiency of self-acceptance as a basis for personal transformation: Know and accept yourself thoroughly and change will take care of itself.
I speculate that the same is true of social change: That spreading truth is both necessary and sufficient for the transformation of society.
It is said that ‘Truth is the first casualty of war’. The converse is that exposing lies can create peace. When we understand the truth about foreign peoples and ways of life, they are no longer threatening to us, and we cannot sustain hatred for them.
Every despot has had his propaganda machine, saturating the channels of communication with myths and distortions. He knows that his hold on power hangs on the success of his lies.
The Quakers practice ‘bearing witness’ to injustice. The only thing Gandhi was ruthless about (in his personal discipline and in his political stance) was the truth.
Today’s revolutionaries and utopians may forgo the strategy debates: all that we need do is to study what is actually happening in our world, and to get the word out.