I thought of Studs Terkel when Facing Ali was being made; ten voices in the film, no narration, just their story. And when I see this world, I think of a whole bunch of things, sometimes deeply uncertain, to say the least.

So here’s a beautiful line from the late, great Studs, that I read in a Naomi Klein article.

“Hope has never trickled down. It has always sprung up.”

Sometimes it’s hard to go back to that inner well, but it has to be done. In fact (I think fact, anyway), finding that beautiful well—flowing, alive, effervescent, unstoppable—is vital to finding any kind of autonomy in a highly programmed, extraordinary world. Studs had autonomy—and believed in community, where the individual actually has a chance.

His comments about John Wayne and Charlton Heston about say it all. Folks, we need each other.

Here’s to autonomy with community, freedom with compassion…

Pete xo


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