Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is a contributing editor to YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. This article is adapted from EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, now in paperback from Nation Books).

Apr 252013
Frances Moore Lappe.

Fewer and fewer of us feel a sense of belonging.

by Frances Moore Lappé

In his book Violence, psychologist James Gilligan asked a Massachusetts prison inmate, “What do you want so badly that you would sacrifice everything in order to get it?”  The inmate declared, “Pride. Dignity. Self-esteem… And I’ll kill every motherfucker in that cell block if I have to in order to get it.”

Or, as another inmate said, “I’ve got to have my self-respect, and I’ve declared war on the whole world till I get it.”

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