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TOTD 10 May 2001

Because we work in hierarchies and because so much of our lives is controlled by hierarchies it is essential to our well-being and survival that we understand them.

-Laurence J. Peter

Hierarchies try to convince us that all power and well-being come from the outside, that our self-esteem depends on obedience and measuring up to their requirements, but it's interesting that even the most totalitarian cultures have never been able to convince everyone. There have always been rebels and visionaries who persisted in believing that each person has a center of power and wisdom within, whether it's called the soul or the authentic self, Atman or the spirit. We don't have to reinvent the wheel, just rediscover it.

-Gloria Steinem, Revolution from Within

Thanks to Lara for the Gloria Steinem quote.

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