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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
We’re living through an unprecedented moment in global history. Give that the weight it deserves.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
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Even though populist movements rise up in response to the state’s neglect for individual needs, populism also embraces a herd mentality that shames individuals for meeting their own needs outside of the group’s dictates.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
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This populist groupthink is aggravated by our pre-existing cultural mood of shame. We were already living in a time when people shame each other for showing any dimension of their humanity.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
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Now we’re experiencing a shared crisis, but there’s already this burgeoning cynicism around making art or writing thoughtfully and emotionally about the extreme experience of watching things shut down and fall apart.
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Heather Havrilesky
Whether you’re an artist, writer, journalist or smthg else, feeling the full force of this moment & recognizing the cultural, economic & sociopolitical impact it'll have on us for decades to come isn’t just creatively useful & emotionally necessary. It’s you tuning in to reality.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
Replying to @hhavrilesky
Likewise, if your nervous system is on high alert, that’s you dialing into the mood of the entire fucking globe. We’re in a post-Gilded age, pre-WWI state of upheaval, but the impetus to downplay what’s unfolding stubbornly remains.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
Replying to @hhavrilesky
While we’re locked in, some of us have an opportunity to take this shit seriously. Seizing that opportunity includes taking your role in this world seriously – something that cultural forces repeatedly insist that its selfish or foolish or embarrassing to do.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
Replying to @hhavrilesky
Consider the source and proceed undaunted. We’re living through a worldwide cataclysm that'll transform our lives and our experiences profoundly. Ignoring that or playing it down puts you in an uneasy state of denial that isn’t in line with reality. It’s not good for you.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
Replying to @hhavrilesky
That probably sounds like a recipe for darkness and anxiety, but you’ll take better care of yourself when you recognize the enormity of what you’re grappling with, consciously or not.
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Heather Havrilesky Mar 18
Replying to @hhavrilesky
We’re watching the world shut down and fall apart around us, but we’re supposed to stay chill, keep it low key, and resist the urge to record the trajectory of each star as it falls from the sky.
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David Gilbert Mar 18
there are a lot of twitter posts flying through my feed that would make fascinating historical artifacts someday. somebody should save them somewhere. not me, i'm too busy, but somebody else should
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