When I first started the Stars of Courage project with my friend Jordan Denato, the intent was simply to illustrate people who dedicate their lives to altruistic ventures - helping others and in turn fulfilling both the premises of liberation theology, breaking down artificial structures that enforce poverty, and Tikkun Olam, the Jewish mantra of "healing the world."
Jordan came up with the mechanical theme as it became clear that many people we spotlighted were either helping people in opposition to established institutions or outside of them. The machine grinds people down, makes them unaware, ignorant and self-serving. Radical Second Things is dedicated both to radical ideas that can alleviate poverty and marginalization outside of institutional settings and to the tradition and self-knowledge that makes marginalization less likely.
Mario Savio's quote will be the cover when Stars of Courage is finally collected. Thank you to all who are part of Radical Second Things. Heal the world.