Apropos of nothing in particular I thought it might be nice to share things (fictional media, history, theory, writing, ideas, etc - anything, really!) that make you feel like a better, maybe even Good world is possible.
This Ursula K. Le Guin quote gives me a lot of strength when I’m feeling down about the state of the world and the possibility of change:
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human 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.”
I read Rosa Luxemburg’s Order Prevails in Berlin earlier this year at the behest of a friend who’s kind of helping me do the Marxist self-education thing and its hopefulness knocked me on my ass – Luxemburg wrote it in prison hours before being executed, knowing she was probably about to die and it’s still such a forcefully determined piece of writing.
Friends at the Table’s COUNTER/weight season was also a big help uhhh, I guess a couple years ago now when I listened to it. I love optimistic fiction that shows how much work is involved in change and also destroying horrifying monstrous metaphors for capitalism and exploitation.
What about other folks? What’s helped you when you were feeling hopeless? What do you turn to when news and politics leave you feeling tired and burnt out?