Gaining Strength From The Past
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To Learn Is To Be Empowered
Exemplary writer and social analyst James Baldwin urges you to learn as much as you can! Fundamental to this is reading and discovering more about the past. There is so much to uncover once you start digging!
As a proponent of equality and justice, much of what Baldwin wrote had to do with questioning social discriminations and prejudices. He deeply questioned the status quo and educated himself intensely on the the subjects of his passion. Baldwin subsequently shared his observations those those that would read or listen, highlighting for others his revelations.
So much of what he discovered involved learning about people’s pain and sorrow, but his insight was this; “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
Baldwin’s words continue to provide comfort and courage to those who are currently struggling. Climate justice and environmental justice are closely intertwined with social justice. The fight rages on, and Baldwin reminds to not forget about the past. There is a lot to be learned from it. Including an understanding and sense of belonging as well as support from those who have fought before.