Year of Living the Community: Week 34


posting by Jana

by Courtney Martin and Wendy MacNaughton (click on pic for link to purchase)

by Courtney Martin and Wendy MacNaughton (click on pic for link to purchase)

This is precisely the time when artists go to work... There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. That is how civilizations heal.
— Toni Morrison

This week BrainPickings featured the print work of illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney Martin, described as 'a mighty manifesto for our time and a testament to the only mechanism by which the creative spirit has ever pulled humanity out of every abyss of its own making.'

Read more about the project and find links to the artists' inspirations at

It's pretty Ecozoic advice, I reckon:

This is your assignment.

Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS.

Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. Put your two calloused hands on the turntables, in the clay, on the strings. Get behind the camera. Look for that pinprick of light. Look for the truth (yes, it is a thing—it still exists.)

Focus on that light. Enlarge it. Reveal the fierce urgency of now. Reveal how shattered we are, how capable of being repaired. But don’t lament the break. Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.

This is your assignment.