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General News    H3'ed 5/28/20

Global Crisis Spurs Global Activism

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A virtual tsunami of change, including Covid-19, global warming, economic collapse, and war-mongering among nuclear armed nations is rapidly sweeping the old world away. Can we homo sapiens, having failed to mitigate or prevent these oncoming catastrophes, possibly affect in any meaningful way the shape of the next world to come? Feelings of helplessness, anxiety, and depression are widespread. But “Hope”, as defined by Vaclav Havel, ” not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good....”  There are those among us who are motivated by that kind of hope. Norman Stockwell has granted permission to publish his article, originally  appearing on, in which he introduces us to a powerful “manifesto for change.”  

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Meredith Ramsay is a political science professor, now retired from UMassBoston, where she also served as Associate Dean of the Liberal Arts Faculty. She is a writer, musician, gardener, and amateur photographer. Her latest book is Community, (more...)

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