I’m feeling very bleak about the future of “society” — in the sense of a functioning human collective — as opposed to a seething mass of shit-headed individuals trying to take something from everyone else. I read this and thought “I’m not alone” and “this is way more articulate than I could be”. And if you choose not to read the original (please do) try this:
“In other words — the moral of our story remains, and has always been — human beings. We lost sight of this often, distracted by flashing screens and offers of excellent deals, but as Kropotkin and Weil believed — at our core (be it evolutionary as with Kropotkin or spiritual with Weil) we are the morals of our own story. It is as Grace Lee Boggs captured in her essay “Lets Talk about Malcolm and Martin”:
‘Love isn’t about what we did yesterday; it’s about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after.’ (Boggs, ‘The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activies for the Twenty-first Century, Berkeley, UCal Press, 2012.
When surveying the news of recent days, weeks and months it can be a rather troublesome exercise to ask the question: what is the moral of this story? Granted, not every story has a moral—the news is not a fable, after all—and sometimes the lesson to be gleaned is not a particularly uplifting one. Indeed, it may be a lesson that we had been certain we had learned so long ago as to make the retelling seem anachronistic. And yet, even if we are seeing the headlines courtesy of the latest technological innovations the content of those headlines is a reminder that we are not as far removed from yesterday as some would like to think.
From Ferguson to Cleveland to New York City – it is proving to be a brutally cold winter. On Tuesday, December 2, Americans were encouraged to participate in the festive showing of conviviality known…
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