Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, she lost her sight and her hearing after a bout of illness when she was 19 months old. She then communicated primarily using home...
But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose.
We need to take a leap of the imagination and envision nations as the best kinds of families: the democratic ones we are
trying to create in our own lives. A hierarchical family must
be changed anyway if we are to stop producing leaders whose
unexamined early lives are then played out on a national and
international stage. . . . Changing the way we raise children is the only long-term path to peace or arms control, and neither
has ever been more crucial. As the feminist adage says, "The
personal is political.