Il y a quelques jours, je marchais au bord de la mer à Stockholm, lorsqu’un jeune irlandais m’a interpellé par mon nom. Ce n’est pas le genre de chose qui m’arrive souvent –il semblerait qu’il fasse partie du petit nombre de personnes qui ont lu mon livre – et j’ai donc vu cette coïncidence comme un signe de m’arrêter pour converser.
How can we overcome cynicism (either inner or outer)? We cannot overcome it. We can, however, address the wound that generates it. Cynicism guards a wound of idealism dashed and hope betrayed. Anything that reawakens our childlike (naïve) knowledge that a more beautiful world is possible generates, alongside the uplifting feeling of hope, an upwelling of fear, grief, and pain.
Naivete is more realistic than cynicism simply because it reflects the truth — a more beautiful world IS possible
Here is an article in Wednesday’s New York Times about a small town in Spain, Higuera De La Serena, that completely ran out of money. It couldn’t pay municipal employees or contractors, nor could it provide most basic services. So the townsfolk stepped up to provide for each other. The town is basically run by […]
Occupy Wall Street has been criticized for its lack of clear demands, but how do we issue demands, when what we really want is nothing less than the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible? No demand is big enough.