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In her book Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit offers a clarion call for anyone who has forgotten the lesson that history repeatedly reminds us: that change, be it personal or political, is never inevitable. It must be fought for.

“Memory produces hope in the same way that amnesia produces despair, ” the theologian Walter Brueggemann noted. It’s an extraordinary statement, one that reminds us that though hope is about the future, grounds for hope lie in the records and recollections of the past. We can tell of a past that was nothing but defeats and cruelties and injustices, or of a past that was some lovely golden age now irretrievably lost, or we can tell a more complicated and

  • Words:
    Rebecca Solnit

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