Create in Ways That Matter

One of the salient features of this moment is the rapid rate of change in our lives and the inhumane or more than human scale of it. We are bombarded with rhetorics of techno determinism, narratives of decline and division, predatory competition for our attention, and the very real conditions of a rapidly warming planet. In an increasingly unstable life, it can be tempting to submit to feelings of powerlessness. To turn away from a world in crisis and numb out on Netflix binges until the apocalypse. But as the devastating unraveling of life and systems in Venezuela shows, enormous turmoil is one shortage, one economic collapse, one outbreak away. In these precarious times, I often return to Seth Godin’s remark in a conversation with Krista Tippet that “rather than merely tolerate change, we are all called now to rise to it. We are invited and stretched in whatever we do to be artists — to create in ways that matter to other people.” We are called to create in ways that matter.

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