A friend just sent me an excerpt from an interview with Pete Seeger. I found it inspiring…

Sarah: One of your most famous songs is “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To everything there is a season).” What kind of time do you think we’re in right now?

Pete: We are in a crisis time. I don’t give us a chance of—well, you never can tell. There might be a little tribe somewhere in the world on some isolated island, but I see human beings wiping each other off the face of the earth. We’ve invented such weapons—not just nuclear weapons but chemical weapons and all sorts of things…. If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!

(For the full interview go here: http://tinyurl.com/yo84l5)

The friend who sent this to me described it as “large scale pessimism and small scale optimism”. What a delightful balance to the pendulumming emotions I find myself having about our global situation! One day I’m filled with hope, and on others, with deep sadness and a sense of doom. Seeger’s words remind me that BOTH are realistic, and that they can exist together without conflict.

Another friend recently re-started his blog, yet another chronicle of an ex-Oaker’s (that’s what ex-members of Twin Oaks are called) journey away from the commune. He’s struggling with many of the same questions that I am, and I’m enjoying the way he shares his self-reflection. Find it here!