"I think we do have an obligation to be citizens - to be informed and engaged - but it's not just duty. Public life enlarges you, gives you purpose and context, saves you from drowning in the purely personal, as so many Americans seem to.
I've also learned by firsthand experience and eyewitnessing that popular power matters - to recognize the power of citizens and grassroots efforts and not be so depressingly, disempoweringly focused on the power of the elected and elite, as so many Americans are. Alone, we're powerless in many ways that we're powerful together, and that power is one of the great pleasures and purposes of life we hardly have language for in this culture."
- Rebecca Solnit