Monday, June 04, 2012

A modern day John the Baptist

"Rebellion--which is different from revolution because it is perpetual alienation from power rather than the replacement of one power system with another--should be our natural state. And faith, for me, is a belief that rebellion is always worth it, even if all outward signs point to our lives and struggles as penultimate failures. We are saved not by what we can do or accomplish but by our fealty to revolt, our steadfastness to the weak, the poor, the marginalized, and those who endure oppression. We must stand with them against the powerful. If we remain true to these moral imperatives, we win. I am enough of an idealist to believe that the struggle to lead the moral life is worth it."

--Chris Hedges, from The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress


Andy said...

Cindy, once again you have caused me to stop in my tracks and ponder the words that you have shared with us.

This is a good thing.

Cynthia said...

It's one hell of a book, depressing in a way, challenging as well.

Thanks, Andy.