You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.

Cornel West & Tavis Smiley

What happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites - polar opposites - so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. 

It was this misinterpretation that caused Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject the Nietzschean philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love.

Now, we’ve got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. 

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

I think that part of what’s also lacking—and forgive me for raising the L word—[…] this notion of love. Love. We could have a whole conversation about whatever happened to the notion of love in our public discourse. That’s not a laughable concept, because [Martin Luther] King put love in the center of the public square. Gandhi put love in the public square. Bobby Kennedy put love in the public square. And by love, I just simply mean this: that everybody is worthy. Just because. Just. Because. Not because of your last name, where you went to school, who your parents are, how much money you make, who you know, what kind of access you have, what color your skin is. Everybody, every fellow citizen, is worthy just because.

Tavis Smiley on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (x)

If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

John Steinbeck