Beauty made from natural and plastic materials at a mall. 2010 Global Earth Exchange, Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Mary Janet Fowler
At a time when this living planet and the geopolitical world we all inhabit are sorely challenged in many ways, Radical Joy for Hard Times offers a way to transform our relationship with and our perception of damaged places:
From: A waste thing you want to avoid
To: A living biocommunity you want to visit and get reacquainted with
From: A place that’s been rampantly taken from
To: A place you can now give back to
From: A site without meaning
To: Sacred ground you replenish with respect and awe
From: Something ugly, an eyesore
To: A field of potential beauty that you yourself bring forth
From: A strange place you must learn to forget
To: A loved place you relearn to remember and spend time with
To visit, experience, and make a simple gift of beauty for a hurt place is to refuse to capitulate to ugliness, despair, and powerlessness. It is to bring beauty to the world.
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