About a year ago a friend sent me a link to Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings Newsletter. It comes out once a week and is chock full of really and truly interesting thoughts, links, musings about – well – everything. Art, science, philosophy, literature, history, poetry – you’ll find it all and could spend hours or days lost in the world views and collages of thought she has created. The other day – clicking from one interesting piece to another I came upon an older posting about a book by Rebecca Solnit (author of Men Explain Things to Me.) This book, Hope in the Dark is a series of essays first written in 2003 just after the start of the Iraq war and updated in 2016. In that time Solnit’s words have only grown more potent.
“This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.”