I get most of my weekly reading from Twitter nowadays. It used to be Facebook, but lately Facebook seems to have developed into some kind of elaborate calendar app reminding me what events my friends are interested in or attending. My friends appear to be bustling with activity.
The excellent @julian0liver shares an essay on how “hope” isn’t a useful sentiment for bringing about change, contrary to what the English-speaking world might want you to believe. (by Derrick Jensen in Orion Magazine)
At one of my recent talks someone stood up during the Q and A and announced that the only reason people ever become activists is to feel better about themselves. Effectiveness really doesn’t matter, he said, and it’s egotistical to think it does.
I told him I disagreed.
This ties in well with the recent New York Times feature on climate change from back in August. But also with how activists stopped the clearing of the Hambach Forest today.