There is this wonderful man, John Berger. He writes books. He is respected in the art world for his seminal text/film Ways Of Seeing.
His latest book, Hold Everything Dear, is a meditation on the state of the world post-September 11. His writing is generous, empathetic and lucid. He stands out from other political activists with his non-hardlined, deeply thoughtful and beautiful language.
Now, how many political commentators can you think of who write beautifully - about what is essentially a horrifying situation?
John Berger's another giant who walks this earth. His voice is quiet and powerful.
Justice is still a one-word prayer, as Ziggy Marley sings in your time now. The whole history is about hopes being sustained, lost, renewed. And with new hopes come new theories. But for the overcrowded, for those who have little or nothing except, sometimes, courage and love, hope works differently. Hope is then something to bite on, to put between the teeth. Don't forget this. Be a realist. With hope between the teeth comes the strength to carry on even when fatigue never lets up, comes the strength, when necessary, to choose not to shout at the wrong moment, comes the strength above all not to howl. A person, with hope between her or his teeth, is a brother or sister who commands respect. Those without hope in the real world are condemned to be alone. The best they can offer is only pity. And whether these hopes between the teeth are fresh or tattered makes little difference when it comes to surviving the nights and imagining a new day.
From the chapter, I Would Softly Tell My Love