The Essence of Erosion and Evolution with Terry Tempest Williams

 Williams asks the central question for our world today, “How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?” She looks at the elements of erosion and evolution with regards to all that is shaping the physical landscape of our nation due to climate change as well as erosion we face in democracy, science, compassion, and trust. She confesses, “I will be honest, where I wonder if I can get up in the morning but in those moments, I’m aware of the limits of my own imagination. And imagination shared, creates collaboration, and collaboration builds community and in community I believe anything is possible, even a community of two. That’s what a marriage is; That’s what a friendship is. I see the power of communities all over the world and engagement as a prayer. Things are shifting just at the same time when we wonder if collapse is eminent. . . . I think there’s great participation and awareness happening. That’s the part of what I was trying to embrace when I looked at erosion in the land and erosion of democracy, of decency, of compassion, of science, of all of these things.” She reminds us that love and beauty is felt in chaos, in heartbreak, and in the intimacy of family. She also reminds us that water can crack stone. She encourages us in her avowal: “Who knows the reach of ceremony? What is your story? What is my story? What is our story together? To me the question that I hold ‘Is earth not enough?’ And how do we place our hands on the earth and remember where the source of our power lies? Day in, day out, these are my devotions.” Here we stare down our present situation without flinching but with radical hope.

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