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  •  All I have to say is, report for duty, y'all! (2+ / 0-)
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    Let's save the world!

    Here is a thoughtful post from FireDogLake
    on this shockingly bad report made by "selise":

    selise November 14th, 2008 at 7:07 pm
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    re: derrick jensen’s "culture of make believe" - don’t know if anyone will see this, but might as well leave it. couldn’t find the bit i was looking for in the book, but this is the same conversation described in an interview:

       Personally, I’ve actually found it quite liberating to simply feel despair. Despair is an appropriate response to a desperate situation.

       One day I was just sobbing, and I called up a friend of mine, Jeannette Armstrong, who is an Okanagan Indian activist. I said to her, "This work is just killing me. It’s breaking my heart." She said, "Yeah, it’ll do that." And I said, "The dominant culture hates everything, doesn’t it?" She said, "Yeah, it does. Even itself." And I said, "It has a death urge, doesn’t it?" She said, "Yeah, it does." And I said, "Unless it’s stopped it’s going to kill everything on the planet, isn’t it?" She said, "Yeah, it is. Unless it’s stopped." And then I said, "We’re not going to make it to some great new glorious tomorrow, are we?" She thought for a moment and then she said the best thing she could possibly say, which was, "I’ve been waiting for you to say that."

       The reason it was the best thing she could say was that it normalized my despair. It let me know that despair is an appropriate response to a desperate situation; the sorrow is just sorrow and the pain is just pain. It’s not so much the sorrow or even the pain that hurts as it is my resistance to it. It let me know that I can feel all those things and it wouldn’t kill me. I could feel that pain and still feel love.

       There’s this idea that if you really recognize how bad things are you have to go around being miserable all the time. But the truth is, I’m really happy. I am full of rage and sorrow and joy and happiness and contentment and discontent. I’m full of all those things. It’s okay to feel more than one thing at the same time.

    Habeas Corpus:See Hamilton quoting Blackstone in The Federalist Papers, number 84.

    by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 09:25:28 PM PST

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