"Activism is not the right word. It is a feeling that people have responsibilities to other people. If that manifests itself in activism, so be it. But it is more than 'we should be activists, because we should be activists.' No, there's something behind why; something far more basic that drives people to be active. And that is a sense of responsibility. That we are all living in this world together. We all have to make it somehow together. And that we have to use our talents to better, or to make a difference, in that which affects everybody... No man is an island. No man stands alone. There are other people—the family, the community. There is a collective sense; a collective good. It's an absolute sense that you have to speak out and do that which is right when the occasion comes up. It's part of your value structure. There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong. How you interact with other people and what you do for other people is part of morals and ethics."
"Here we are on this earth. You just develop a sense that maybe I ought to do something in the years that I have to affect someone or something in some way. Because otherwise, is there any purpose in life?"
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Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Ruth Clarke on PATH TO ACTIVISM," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.