Saw this on a new blog I have been reading latetly by a teacher in NYC called, Yatra. I thought it complemented by Obama piece nicely.
"We have built a system we cannot control. Most of us, in order to have a house, and car, a refrigerator, and so on, must sacrifice our time and our own lives in exchange. We are constantly under the pressure of time. We have created a society in which the rich become richer and the poor become poorer, and in which we are so caught up in our own immediate problems that we cannot afford to be aware of what is going on with the rest of the human family or our own planet Earth. In my mind I see a group of chickens in a cage disputing over some grains of seed, unaware that in a few hours they will be killed."
-Thich Nhat Hanh