This is the world I want to live in...
In just a few minutes we are off to share an early Thanksgiving dinner with part of our beloved family who reside in the hill towns. But before we go, I wanted to post these two quotes because they express so profoundly what is on my heart these days. The first is from the genius Ursula Le Guin at last night's National Book Award.
Hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings. … Power can be resisted and changed by human beings; resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words... The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.
The second from another of my favorite writers, Naomi Shihab-Nye in a small essay she calls: "This is the World I Want to Live In."