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„Art serves to establish community. It links us with others and with the things around us, in a shared vision and effort.“

—  Gerhard Richter German visual artist, born 1932 1932
undated quotes, The Daily Practice of Painting, Writings (1962-1993)

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„Before industrial civilization, local and regional communities made their own music, their own entertainment.“

—  Robert Crumb American cartoonist 1943
Context: Before industrial civilization, local and regional communities made their own music, their own entertainment. The esthetics were based on traditions that went far back in time—i. e. folklore. But part of the con of mass culture is to make you forget history, disconnect you from tradition and the past. Sometimes that can be a good thing. Sometimes it can even be revolutionary. But tradition can also keep culture on an authentic human level, the homespun as opposed to the mass produced. Industrial civilization figured out how to manufacture popular culture and sell it back to the people. You have to marvel at the ingenuity of it! The problem is that the longer this buying and selling goes on, the more hollow and bankrupt the culture becomes. It loses its fertility, like worn out, ravaged farmland. Eventually, the yokels who bought the hype, the pitch, they want in on the game. When there are no more naive hicks left, you have a culture where everybody is conning each other all the time. There are no more earnest "squares" left—everybody's "hip", everybody is cynical. The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski (2005), p. 180

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„Humans cannot communicate; not even their brains can communicate; not even their conscious minds can communicate. Only communication can communicate.“

—  Niklas Luhmann German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist 1927 - 1998
Luhmann (1988) "How can the mind participate in communication" In: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht et all. (Ed.) Materialities of Communication. p. 371 ( link http://books.google.nl/books?id=WDmrAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA371).

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„These problems do not disappear just because we do not hear about them. There is so much more happening around the world than what is communicated to us about the top stories we do hear.“

—  Angelina Jolie, Notes from My Travels
Context: These problems do not disappear just because we do not hear about them. There is so much more happening around the world than what is communicated to us about the top stories we do hear. We all need to look deeper and discover for ourselves.... What is the problem? Where is it? How can we help to solve it? Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador(2006)

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„The great thing about people with intellectual disabilities is that they’re not people who discuss philosophy… What they want is fun and laughter, to do things together and fool around, and laughter is at the heart of community.“

—  Jean Vanier Canadian humanitarian 1928
From interviews and talks, The Gift of Living With the Not Gifted http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-gift-of-living-with-the-not-gifted-1428103079 Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2015

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„We cannot deny that people who know more about the educational needs of local people are those who work and live within that community.“

—  Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935
All for Education, Source: :http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001221/122102Eo.pdf Page53-56

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„Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

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„What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife… Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment…“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943
My Inventions (1919), Context: While I have not lost faith in its potentialities, my views have changed since. War can not be avoided until the physical cause for its recurrence is removed and this, in the last analysis, is the vast extent of the planet on which we live. Only though annihilation of distance in every respect, as the conveyance of intelligence, transport of passengers and supplies and transmission of energy will conditions be brought about some day, insuring permanency of friendly relations. What we now want most is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth and the elimination of that fanatic devotion to exalted ideals of national egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity. These are only new devices for putting the weak at the mercy of the strong.

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