“…the opposite of hope is not despair. It is grief.” *
This is not a happy blog, but then you will know I don’t think we are in a happy world at the moment. Like many many many, too many, of us, I wonder how best to make things better:
Climate change – the recent IPCC report
Poverty/inequality – in UK the report from the United Nations is damning of policies
Wars and displaced people, trillions spent on arms and nuclear warheads, report from Brown University on US spending
There was a flurry of media interest earlier this week when a disruptive group blocked five bridges in London. That halted traffic, economy, etc. they called themselves Extinction Rebellion.
Looking to see what Extinction Rebellion is about, I not only found the insight about hope and grief above, I found a song and a video. If you have the time listen – its a protest song, I wonder why all of us are not hearing, and singing, more songs.
Or watch the video – it is 50 minutes reality, plus ethics, plus plans for action and another insight: Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending. Can we create a world fit for seven generation ahead? or do we carry on knowing that the world being created is unfit even for the current crop of 20 year olds?
Why not really be a rebel?
What does non-violent rebellion mean for me? Where I am?