In the early seventies, I joined a book-of-the-month club, and one of the selections I read was The Greening of America
, by Charles A. Reich. That book and another called Future Shock
, by Alvin Toffler, presented an incredible vision for what our country could be. I believe things have gotten worse since then, but I'm not a cynic. I hope people get that through my work. Even though I'm highly critical of certain aspects of American culture, I believe things are going to get better.
I want Americans to realize that we are the owners of this country, and that one person can make a difference. I don't have a college education. I didn't know a thing about making a movie when I started Roger and Me
. I made a lot of mistakes. But these two books and others on this list said to me—and I hope they say this to other people—"You know what? You actually can
make a difference. Don't believe the lie you've been told, that you can't fight city hall or that you're not worth something. You're worth more than anything."
I've believed this for a long time. When I speak at schools, I say to the kids, "Keep in mind that you live in a country where the heads of GM or GE have the same number of votes that you do: one. And there are more of us than there are of them." If we operate with that idea, the people—we, the people
—will have the kind of country we want.
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