Sunday, February 17, 2008

Quote for the week

We are about ending poverty, not simply managing it. We give people fish. We teach them to fish. We tear down the walls that have been built up around the fish pond. And we figure out who polluted it.

This is what I think community should be about. Not all communities. And not all capacities. And I think, in a sense, it's what I think teaching should be about, if I were to holistically live it out. Which I think I'd rather do than the paperwork. (But then again, easier said than done.)

From The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, Shane Claiborne
(pdf file excerpt here)


  1. It's a great quote and a great ideal... but yes, easier said than done.

  2. which is why i don't fish.

  3. Hey if you're a fan of Shane Claiborne and his book, then you should really check out the Another World is Possible DVD series. It's a multimedia project by Shane Claiborne and Jamie Moffett (co-founders of the Simple Way) that emerged in response to their belief that things are not right in the world, and that they don't have to stay that way. There are three DVD's, one on war, one on poverty, and one on creation. You can find out more about them at

    And not to be that guy, but it's Living as an Ordinary Radical...

  4. cool. will check it out, AWiP.

    and, umm....

    i don't know what you're talking about. there was no error there... *runs to fix error*


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