Thomas Jefferson, State Room Portrait, Charles Wilson Peale, public domain
By Richard Girard
"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict."
Saul Alinsky (1909--72), U.S. radical activist. Rules for Radicals, "The Purpose" (1971).
"It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . . . This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking."
Isaac Asimov (1920--92), Russian-born U.S. author. "My Own View" (published in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by Robert Holdstock, 1978; reprinted in Asimov on Science Fiction, 1981).
"We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution."
Eric Hoffer (1902--83), U.S. philosopher. The Temper of Our Time, "A Time of Juveniles" (1967).
The time for transformation is upon us. In fact, it has never left us.