Horror and Hope
By Andrea Brower
It has been a particularly depressing week on the news. From the violence of war to that of poverty, we lack no evidence that things are bad, perhaps getting worse. During commercials we are advised to seek-out prozac, isolated and pathologized for our sorrow.
We must not numb to the horror of the world, or turn a blind eye and pretend that “it’s all good.” It’s not. But at the same time we cannot end with the tale of despair and futility, taking the horror as evidence that we are incapable of something better. We must cultivate active hope, and turn it into a deeply political and subversive act.
Our global society is structured around competitive hoarding, manufactured scarcity and deprivation, hierarchy and distinction between the deserving and the undeserving. It’s tempting to blame the world’s troubles on “bad people”—greedy banksters, religious…
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