I received this great article in my e-mail inbox yesterday and my first thought was to share it here: City of Women (by Rebecca Solnit, The New Yorker).
It activated my imagination and I could visualize myself in this brand new World, more of a Women’s World, more Human and inclusive of diversity. I imagined myself going around Lisbon and walking around streets named after great Women, those who HIStory has forgotten and deleted from our HIStory books and therefore also from our memories and souls.
And I imagined more, I imagined myself living in a World that is shaped differently, not shaped by patriarchal thinking, not a disheartened World. In my Women’s World difference is seen as a strength and it is valued by its creative potential and individuality, and in itself this acceptance and honoring of diversity is a key feature that enables many voices to be present and to shape what happens and the way it happens. It allows for individual expression at the same time that it paves the way to a world of possibilities and creativity.
To close with a quote on Hope, from the same great author who wrote the article, that reminds us of the importance of being hopeful in a World full of tragedy but also full of great achievements and movements for social transformation:
Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to through away. (…) It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I am interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. (…) Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes – you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others.
For more on this subject check this great post on Brain Pickings.