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Radical Joy for Hard Times by Trebbe Johnson

Radical Joy for Hard Times

Radical Joy for Hard Times by Trebbe Johnson
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Sep 25, 2018 | 248 Pages
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Radical Joy for Hard Timesis a must-read for those looking to take their role in repairing our world. At once, it is a manual for how we can move forward and a meditation on how best to respond. It shows us all—even in the face of substantial challenges—the true value of everyday actions.”
 —Henry Timms, coauthor of New Powerand cofounder of #GivingTuesday
 
“It’s a great vision that Trebbe Johnson is sending out into the world, and it is very much her own. The great central truth of what she is doing is the very hard lesson for all of us in our lives, and yet it is our blessing.”
 —W. S. Merwin, former poet laureate of the United States
 
“Trebbe Johnson’s idea is a revolutionary one and imperative in this possibly late phase of our relationship with the only planet we have: to look directly at loss. This manifesto is a song—not a dirge, but a symphony with all the complexity and emotion our home, the ever-creative Earth, calls forth.”
 —Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of The Place You Love Is Gone

“Engaging and intense, this book demonstrates vividly how contemplative approaches to life are profoundly political. Deeply embedded in how we respond to mass extinction—which is the least euphemistic way of putting what is now happening in the biosphere—is a habitual conceptual severing of our necessarily symbiotic relationships with other lifeforms. This severing forms the very structure of how we have taught ourselves to enjoy ‘landscape.’ In showing us how to appreciate differently, Trebbe Johnson shows how to repair the severing, which traumatizes humans as much as it traumatizes nonhumans, step by contemplative step.”
—Timothy Morton, author of Dark Ecology and Ecology Without Nature

“In hard times there is a temptation to let the problems of the world orient the direction of our lives and the shape of our activism. Through her extensive artistic activist practice, Trebbe Johnson shows us a different path: a way to turn devastation into creation. Through simple acts of beauty, she provides a map that moves us from wallowing in dystopian despair to imagining utopian joy.”
—Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and cofounder of the Center for Artistic Activism  

“How are we to face the ecological desecration of so many beloved places? Here at last is an ecopsychological guide bringing together many wise voices to show us a path beyond hopelessness into strength and renewal.”
—Craig Chalquist, editor of Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled  

“There are some people on Earth who have a radical capacity for empathy. Trebbe Johnson is one of those people and she has applied her radical empathy to the appreciation of damaged places and the need for those places to receive the gift of healing beauty. Despite this Herculean task in a wounded world, she persists and refuses to ignore the desolation and look away. Radical Joy for Hard Times is Johnson’s literary gift to the reader who wants to play a part in a global community of Earth healing. Accept it, it’s yours, given with love.”
—Glenn Albrecht, creator of the concept of solastalgia and author of Earth Emotions

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