But before I spin you off in that direction, let me just remark in passing of its author, John Farr. As a wannabe Taoseno, I was drawn to Farr's writing a couple years ago. Delivering a morsel of Taos life when I was most homesick to be back there was just the elixir I needed.
So rapt by what I read, I decided next trip to northern New Mexico, I would pursue this John Farr. Fortunately for him, my wife and I got hopelessly lost on the infinite dirt roads south of Taos. While we never found Farr, we did discover another side to Taos previously unknown to us which was pleasant in itself. And, having made my attempt, I was able to lay to rest my flirtation with stalking poor John Farr.
But in another recent attack of extreme homesickness for Taos, I was fortunate to rediscover the writing of John Farr. What follows is just a carrot on a stick. A teaser. I'm hoping, after a nip or two you'll be enticed, as was I, to lunge for the whole carrot. To follow the link, finish the story and think about your belief system from a different angle. Maybe upside down, from the other side, or inside out. I know I am.
Hope Sucks Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
by John Farr
That’s not exactly how environmental activist Derrick Jensen puts it in the latest issue of Orion Magazine, but pretty close. There’s an online version of his essay “Beyond Hope” available here, and I urge everyone to have a look:
Frankly, I don’t have much hope. But I think that’s a good thing. Hope is what keeps us chained to the system, the conglomerate of people and ideas and ideals that is causing the destruction of the Earth.
To start, there is the false hope that suddenly somehow the system may inexplicably change. Or technology will save us. Or the Great Mother. Or beings from Alpha Centauri. Or Jesus Christ. Or Santa Claus. All of these false hopes lead to inaction, or at least to ineffectiveness… False hopes bind us to unlivable situations, and blind us to real possibilities.
This is powerful stuff and something you may not have considered. Jensen is saying that we have to embrace despair — despair being an appropriate response to the desperate situation we’re in — and then we’ll be free to act: .............
He’s speaking of the destruction of the planet, which obviously trumps everything else, including politics, but his argument speaks directly to something I’ve commented on at various sites in the progressive blogosphere, namely that the American experiment is over.*********************************
I hope that was enough to grab you and make you want to read the rest here. Trust me, it'll be well worth your time.