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How Virginia Tech student Angie De Soto began so apathetic she spent the night of the election playing a drinking game instead of voting. We struggle to get by on meager paychecks—or none at all. Soul helps new people get involved and encourages active citizens to keep on when their spirits are flagging, or when they feel disappointed with dashed hopes.

The previous spring, a young Montgomery woman had also refused to move to the back of the bus, causing the NAACP to consider making her the centerpiece of a legal challenge—until it turned out that she was pregnant and unmarried, and therefore a problematic symbol for a campaign.

Soul explores what leads some people to get involved in larger community issues while others feel overwhelmed or uncertain; what it takes to maintain commitment for the long haul; and how community involvement and citizen activism can give back a powerful sense of connection and purpose.

Do not wait to see very clearly before starting: All of us, the ad suggested, should approach life with such hip detachment.

But the full story of Rosa Parks reminds us that her tremendously consequential act, along with everything that followed, depended on all the humble, frustrating work that she and others had undertaken earlier on, and on the vibrant, engaged community they had developed in the face of continual hardship and opposition.

The new edition is a powerful personal guide to get people involved. It has to do with what you see when you get up in the morning and look in the mirror and ask yourself whether you are simply wasting time on the planet or spending time in an enriching manner.

How their friendship led to a joint campaign that saved the Internet as an open-access commons, instead of a medium to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time

How could we possibly take on some demanding cause? You never get it completely. We need to identify and connect with worthy groups that take on these issues and others, whether locally or globally.

Trying to change the world, or even a small part of it, seems a luxury. We can savor the journey of engagement, even though our ultimate destination is unclear. That set in motion the year-long bus boycott in Montgomery.

As the saying goes, not one among us is without fault. Already convinced that change requires slow steps, prior organization, but that individual acts further it, there was nothing new in the book for me.

You will be astonished to feel that the effort accomplished, instead of having exhausted your strength, has doubled it—and that you already see more clearly what you have to do next.

This is true at the personal level And please pass the word to friends using this descriptive flier.

One day while revising this book, I picked up my local paper which itself went under a few months later, after years of publication. Amazing as that book was, this new version is even wiser, deeper, and more inspiring. Nothing gets accomplished when we try to do everything at once.

How an eighth-grade dropout joins a community group in her San Antonio barrio, helped design an innovative job program and eventually testifies before the U. Or where financial speculation has become so omnipresent it can threaten the entire global economy?

For too many of us, the past is a foreign country. Given how easily our hopes for a better world can be dashed, this approach lets us fight for what we believe with reasonable expectations, patience, and a sense of balance.

He was a total failure as a lawyer. People who question these positions would benefit from reading it. Rather, she was part of a longstanding effort to create change, when success was far from certain and setbacks were routine.

That in no way diminishes the personal courage, moral force, and historical importance of her refusal to surrender her seat. So do grade-school bullies and hedge-fund speculators.

Runaway wildfires scorched Australia, the legacy of a dozen years of drought. And it diminished me as a human being.Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count. We can lead lives worthy of our convictions. A book of inspiration and integrity, Soul of a Citizen is an antidote to the twin scourges of modern life--powerlessness and cynicism.

In his /5(). Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times [Paul Rogat Loeb] on mi-centre.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count.

We can lead lives worthy of our convictions. A book of inspiration and integrity/5(). In 'Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time,' Loeb encourages his readers to re-enlist in the battle for a better world; and he gives many examples of 'ordinary' people who have managed extraordinary feats of courage and compassion/5(11).

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times - Kindle edition by Paul Rogat Loeb. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times/5(). EXCERPTS FROM THE SOUL OF A CITIZEN: LIVING WITH CONVICTION IN A CYNICAL TIME By Paul Rogat Loeb INTRODUCTION "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

And if I am only for myself, what am I?"—. Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, a book by Paul Rogat Loeb. Citizen Activism and Social Movements, Civic Engagement.

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