It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of other, or strikes out against injustice, he send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

–attributed to RFK (I’m assuming Bobby Kennedy) in The Ides Of 2011 – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

Andrew Sullivan sums up the year in social change around the world, and pays a good amount of attention to the rippling revolutions in our nation and elsewhere – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya; Occupy Wall Street, the normalization of gay rights. It’s a good post; it covers a lot of ground in just over a thousand words, because it covers a very tumultuous year. And I think his invocation of Kennedy’s “million different centers of energy,” the sum of which can move great mountains, is a great characterization of the many movements for social change this past year.

Sullivan captures it thus: “This was an inspiring year for human dignity and freedom. Know hope.”

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