Not Much and Everything

All of my reading and research keeps circling back to a frustrating conclusion: America’s current crisis runs deeper than I am capable of understanding. There are too many facets, too many fractures, too many nuances.

What I do grasp makes me want to hide, to retreat into my fiction reading list and never pick up another non-fiction book, never read another article or essay or blog post.

It feels as if everything I care about is under attack and there’s nothing I can do about any of it.

And, while nothing is an exaggeration, not much is the hardly-more-comfortable truth.

Even so…

Not much might be a fragile incentive, but it’s compelling when everything is at stake.

I recently read The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs. She refers a number of times to a quote from Mahatma Gandhi… Live simply so that others may simply live.

This, at least, I understand. Live simply.

Facets, fractures, and nuance.

I can help by living simply.

It is, indeed, not much. It’s also a tiny piece of everything.

“With the end of empire, we are coming to an end of the epoch of rights. We have entered the epoch of responsibilities, which requires new, more socially-minded human beings and new, more participatory and place-based concepts of citizenship and democracy.” Grace Lee Boggs in The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century (Updated and Expanded Edition)

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12 thoughts on “Not Much and Everything

  1. Betty Hayes Albright May 13, 2017 / 4:28 PM

    I feel the same way, Rae. Wonderful post. Simplify, simplify, simplify… (I think it was Voltaire who said that? )

    • Rae Spencer May 13, 2017 / 6:35 PM

      I had to look it up! Seems mostly attributed to Thoreau, which means I need to read Walden again… 🙂

      • Betty Hayes Albright May 13, 2017 / 6:40 PM

        Ah yes, Thoreau! You’re right. I should’ve looked it up. And it was Voltaire who said we must cultivate our gardens. That’s another of my favorite quotes.

  2. jeanryan1 May 13, 2017 / 3:18 PM

    Thank you. Stunning photos, which are a tremendous solace for your followers. I hope they help you, too.

    • Rae Spencer May 13, 2017 / 6:40 PM

      The photos help, but the yard (where all but a few of these were taken) is a bigger help. Just being able to step outside helps. Somehow I believe that access to nature is part of the solution.

      • jeanryan1 May 13, 2017 / 11:50 PM

        Oh yes. As soon as I step out into my yard, the healing begins.

  3. Vicki May 13, 2017 / 1:19 PM

    wonderful photos..

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