On Life and Change

Quote of the century: Saul Alinsky's On Life and Change

"It is idiocy to assume that anyone can be alive and not be changing constantly. There are many who go through the years without changing but those are the ones who huddle on a chronological treadmill searching for an illusionary security and something called status. 

The senility of security even afflicts many of the so-called young. They never live. Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love, a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end. 

Terrified by this dramatic vista, most people just exist: they turn from the turbulence of change and try to hide in their private make believe harbors, called in politics conservatisism; in the church, prudence; and in everyday life, being sensible."

S.A., 1969

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