When I write “Divest from apocalypse,” I have in mind a very specific kind of apocalypse. The common understanding of apocalypse has been fueled by ancient visions, the imaginations of Dante, and the residual/ancestral memories and fears of people in every generation: pandemics that wipe out villages at a time, wars that decimate generations, hunger that […]
I spent a few hours tonight with regional churches—and will report on what I noticed in tomorrow’s post. In the meantime, I’m reflecting on all of the ways that our historical focus has undermined our ability to deeply see the social stakes, why Black people are so fed up, and what we can do differently. More tomorrow.
One of my favorite parts of Brother Outsider, a feature documentary on the life and work of Bayard Rustin, comes in the film’s first five minutes. [Uncaptioned teaser clip.] “We need in every community,” Rustin says, “a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable. The only weapon we have is […]
Situation A: We’re working around the yard, I slip, and drop a mallet on your foot. That’s going to hurt. Situation B: We’re working around the yard, I get angry with you, and I smash a mallet on your foot. That’s going to hurt. Situations A and B may have different relational consequences for us; […]
I learned a new term today: the adjacent possible. This term comes from Stuart Kauffman’s 2002 theory of biological development and has run the usual distance from hard science to technology and theories of social change. (See Wired‘s 2010 feature with Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on creativity and innovation.) The adjacent possible is the space just next-door to our present […]
Every decision is a vote cast for the future we wish to live in… Every action we take should be a vote for the Beloved Community we wish to create.” —Hugh Hollowell There’s a conundrum I’ve been turning over that’s reinforced for me every time I go to a park like Muir Woods or the Grand […]