The Planet Doesn’t Need More “Successful People”


NSSA 04-23-06

“The planet does not need more ‘successful’ people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.” 

~ David Orr (From the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids)

2 responses

  1. ocker3

    I’ve often gotten annoyed with people who qoute that, but I’ve just realised why. They keep dropping off the last sentence. I don’t define success as dying with the most money, so I don’t agree with the basic proposition, but I do agree that the standard Western societal definition of success is quite problematic. Thank you for giving me a better understanding of the original qoute, I appreciate it.

    August 14, 2013 at 2:35 am

  2. No prob! 😀

    I think people dropped off the last sentence because they didn’t want to admit that the modern idea of “success” isn’t always what it is cracked up to be.

    August 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

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