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Why I’m Giving Up Cynicism for New Year’s by Bill McKibben

“It’s fertile ground for action. After all, Congress’s approval rating is now at 9%, which is another way of saying that everyone who’s not a lobbyist hates them and what they’re doing. The big boys are, of course, counting on us simmering down; they’re counting on us being cynical, on figuring there’s no hope or benefit in fighting city hall. But if we’re naïve enough to demand a country more like the one we were promised in high school civics class, then we have a shot.”

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I definitely have a sense of optimism about the future, after a year of bold protests. Still the task before us does at the same time seem impossible. I tend to situate my psyche in the realm of reality and the possible, with my eyes fixed on the impossible. This is a good deal of what prayer is. Prayer is only really prayer when you haven’t got a prayer, as the deconstructionist Christian philosopher John Caputo might put it.

Quote from Yes! Magazine:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/why-im-giving-up-cynicism-for-new-years?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+yes%2Fmost-recent-articles+%28Most+Recent+Articles+and+Blogs+-+YES%21+magazine%29

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

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