Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Betsy Taylor

Founder and President of The Center for a New American Dream, a national organization dedicated to sustainable consumption and Founder and President of 1Sky, a network of over 500 organizations and 200,000 citizen activists dedicated to achieving bold policy solutions to climate change

"Many Americans draw the boundaries of their self-interest very narrowly. Our culture's emphasis on individualism and competition reinforces an attitude of isolation and impotence toward global problems."

"Try trusting that love is in our genetic code, that we are meant for it, and that it is our ultimate source of wisdom. It involves surrendering to not knowing while hungering to know. And perhaps this reconnection to what matters - through nature, human relationships, and the sacred dimension in life - will be the true source of power that takes us from here to there."