Thursday, September 20, 2012

Professional COMM 9/20: Cesar Chavez on Social Change

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore." - Cesar Chavez

This quote is one of my favorites so far. This man was a revolutionary leader for the working-class and immigrant population of the United States. How do you feel about his views on social change? What relationship do you see in this quote between personal psychological change and social/political change?

I am a little skeptical about this for one reason; it seems that once a person feels pride they might take longer to humiliate, but once they are humiliated the defeat might be even worse. This is a pessimistic observation and I think the general hope for mankind, expressed in Chavez' statement, outweighs any potential over-wishfulness.

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