1. If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.
2. We can either emphasize those aspects of our traditions, religious or secular, that speak of hatred, exclusion, and suspicion or work with those that stress the interdependence and equality of all human beings. The choice is yours. (22)
3. When Europeans arrived on this continent, they blew it with the Native Americans. They plowed over them, taking as much as they could of their land and valuables, and respecting almost nothing about the native cultures. They lost the wisdom of the indigenous peoples-wisdom about the land and connectedness to the great web of life…We have another chance with all these refugees. People come here penniless but not cultureless. They bring us gifts. We can synthesize the best of our traditions with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce a better America…
4. The continuum in which we live is not the kind of place in which middles can be unambiguously excluded.
5. To fight is easy, but to create trust where there is none, that’s the real challenge.
6. To be loved, accepted, supported, and included for exactly who you are, with no expectation of change? I think it’s the best privilege there is.
7. Every generation has its inhumanity, so every generation must have its revolution.
8. We humans shall always have reasons to fight with each other, but above them all there is even higher reason that binds us together and that is the reason of humanity.
9. Give me your sleep and comfort, I’ll give you assimilation.
Give me your blood and sweat, I’ll give you ascension.
10. To raise a united world, we the individuals must stand one, with no concern for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
11. Attachment is our stronghold – it is the glue to the fabric of society. In fact, instead of trying to be less attached, we must be more attached. We must be attached, to not just the members of our own family, but to every single person on earth – to not just the neighbor who lives ten feet away from us, but also the neighbor who lives ten thousand miles away. Attachment is not the cause of our suffering, our selfishness is. Once you find freedom in giving, attachment will become your strength and not weakness.
12. When one Naskar dies, a thousand Naskars will rise up to take the place. They will stand up wherever there is bigotry, they will stand up wherever there is discrimination, they will stand up wherever there are injustice and inequality, they will stand up wherever there are oppression, segregation and crisis.
13. Naskar is not an entity, Naskar is a revolution – Naskar is an evolution – an evolution from segregation to inclusion – an evolution from divisiveness to unity – an evolution from nationality to humanity.
14. Give me your blood and sweat, I’ll give you ascension.
15. You can erase me from earth if you so desire,
But you can’t stop my ideas from spreading like wildfire.
16. There is no them and us, it’s all us.
17. When one Naskar dies, a thousand Naskars will rise up to take the place.
18. You deserve a circle of inclusion and influence, but it’s up to you to create it.
19. The black, the white, the brown, the red, the yellow, the hetero, the homo, the trans, the poor, the rich, the literate, the illiterate, the weak, the strong – all are my sisters and brothers. My life is their life.
20.To unite this whole world with the thread of acceptance and harmony, may sound like a titanic task, but all it takes is one generation of conscientious and responsible citizens in each nation – if only these handful of young members of the society around the world take up the responsibility to raise, not citizens of a nation, but citizens of a planet, then no force in the world can keep the process of unification of humans manifesting in front of our eyes
21. Be a daring drum announcing the beats of acceptance.
If not you, who else will be the emblem of inclusion!
22. I is not just I, I is also One, which is the very symbol of a united humanity, and that united humanity begins with I – that is, it begins with the individual.
23. I spent many years being a square peg and trying to bash myself into a round hole.
24. Tolerance is not creating characters to suit a particular audience. It’s about inclusion of characters representing our societies.
25. I’d shut myself out for so long that I had forgotten how wonderful it felt to be included, to be seen, to be heard.
26. Saving lives starts with bringing everyone in. Our societies will be healthiest when they have no outsiders. We should strive for that. We have to keep working to reduce poverty and disease. We have to help outsiders resist the power of people who want to keep them out. But we have to do our inner work as well: We have to wake up to the ways we exclude. We have to open our arms and our hearts to the people we’ve pushed to the margins. It’s not enough to help outsiders fight their way in—the real triumph will come when we no longer push anyone out
27. The rules that shape the lives of employees in the workplace today often don’t honor the lives of employees outside the workplace. That can make the workplace a hostile place—because it pits your work against your family in a contest one side has to lose.
28. I hope the exposure to other people and places shapes what the kids do, but even more I want it to shape who they are. I want them to see that in the universal human desire to be happy, to develop our gifts, to contribute to others, to love and be loved—we’re all the same. Nobody is any better than anybody else, and no one’s happiness or human dignity matters more than anyone else’s.
29. Tears speak the same tongue wherever they are shed. Smiles speak the same tongue wherever they are cracked. They don’t discriminate between humans, why would you!
30. There’s no key to great relationships, there’s simply a well worn welcome mat.
31. diversity doesn’t look like anyone. it looks like everyone.
32. Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
33. We all want something to offer. This is how we belong. It’s how we feel included. So if we want to include everyone, we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of the community. That’s what inclusion means – everyone is a contributes.
34. For 100 years, governments of every colour were committed to enlarging the language of citizenship. Now Mrs. Thatcher’s government is committed to closing it.
35. It’s about loving someone and seeing them as a part of your family. I think some people have the capacity to see different people as part of their family and some don’t.
36. Life has to go on even when you don’t want it to or when you feel unable to participate. The world doesn’t stop turning for anyone.
37. Those who dont matter, dont matter. Those who matter respects you and those who respect you are all that matters.
38. Grace would be a poor host indeed to exclude anyone.
39. I am no thinker – what I really am is, a brother to every girl and boy, a son to every woman and man, a grandson to every elderly person – I belong to every single person on earth, for you all are my own family – your tradition is my tradition, your culture is my culture, your religion is my religion, your language is my language – science means nothing to me, scriptures mean nothing to me, God means nothing to me, for I see my God in you – you are my home, you are my temple, you are my God, you are my gospel – and nothing gives me greater bliss than being annihilated in your service.
40. Every human belongs to the whole world, for that very universal belonging is what makes humanity human.
41. We all want something to offer. This is how we belong. It’s how we feel included. So if we want to include everyone, we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of the community. That’s what inclusion means – everyone is a contributes. And if they need help becoming a contributor, then we should help them, because they are full members in a community that supports everyone.
42. We cannot experience and memorize the stories of Jesus without seeing his radical inclusion – taking those who were left on the edges of society, left to their own solitude, and bringing them into his Kingdom.
43. A more diverse future begins with more opportunities.
44. There’s no point in caging all the animals if you’re gonna unleash the beasts.
45. When people stand with people, only then people can call themselves people, and if people can’t stand with people, instead, they choose to stand against people, then what right do people have to call themselves people!
46. Fortified with the force of love only can we build a truly united world.
47. A united world is a humane world, whereas a divided world is a savage world.
48. I believe women’s groups are essential for each of us individually but also for society generally—because progress depends on inclusion, and inclusion begins with women. I’m not saying we should include women and girls as opposed to men and boys, but along with them and on behalf of them. This is not about bringing women in and leaving others out. It’s about bringing women in as a way to bring everyone in.
49. When we arrived in government, Labour party members both inside and outside the trade union movement were as ecstatic as everyone else. We could have captured and built on that feeling much more if the style had been more inclusive from the beginning. Being seen to do more to listen would have made us stronger, and helped us to move forward.
50. Every corner of the world is brimming with jewels of sentiments, just open the doors of your mind that have been locked for ages and see. Don’t you feel suffocated still? Let some breeze come in your mind my friend, and the world outside will have all the breeze it needs.
51. Close your eyes, breathe in love, fill your lungs with acceptance, then open your eyes, and you won’t see cultures, countries or creeds, all you will see is one family.
52. I know not what course others will take, but as for me, either I’ll make the land I stand on, just, humane and inclusive, or I’ll die trying.
53. Just once, I repeat, just once, destroy the divisions imposed on your soul by your society – and your eyes will open up to a new dawn – the real dawn – the dawn of civilization – the dawn of humanization – the dawn of universal salvation – the salvation where the human mind is human first then everything else.
54. In order for slavery to work, in order for us to buy, sell, beat, and trade people like animals, Americans had to completely dehumanize slaves. And whether we directly participated in that or were simply a member of a culture that at one time normalized that behavior, it shaped us. We can’t undo that level of dehumanizing in one or two generations. I believe Black Lives Matter is a movement to rehumanize black citizens. All lives matter, but not all lives need to be pulled back into moral inclusion. Not all people were subjected to the psychological process of demonizing and being made less than human so we could justify the inhumane practice of slavery.
55. Tolerance is a poor substitute for embrace.
56. The weaponization of belonging is one of the most “anti-christ” dynamics I have ever encountered.
57. One of the hallmarks of social wellness is being inclusive, not exclusive, with our friendship.
58. Meaning springs from belonging.
59. We live in a world where people profile and label each other, size each other up. What if we shifted our focus to our similarities? To welcoming one another, listening to stories, learning from one another? It’s time to change the conversation. I believe most social ills can be healed or prevented by the simple act of talking to one another, face-to-face, at a common table.
60. On their own, the leader of a church’s special needs ministry can’t meet every need of every volunteer or participating family. But that leader can model service in a way that caring becomes contagious.