19/02/2018

"No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear"



Words from an amazing writer in this time of regression...

With an eye to the various brokennesses of the world, past and present, Morrison writes:

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times

“Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom.”



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. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art."

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Toni Morrison (Courtesy Alfred A. Knopf)
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Link to Brainpickings:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/11/15/toni-morrison-art-despair/ 


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