Wednesday, August 11, 2010
To Love and The Rise Of Hope: Arundhati Roy
To Love and The Rise Of Hope: Arundhati Roy [Video performance of this poem]
To be loved.
To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest places.
To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power.
Above all, to watch.
To try and understand.
To never look away.
And never, never, to forget.
This poem explains why what we do matters. This is what we must become if we are to be the change that we want to see in the world. Political campaigning is not just about getting your hands on power, it's about real people, real challenges, real lives. Never, ever forget that.