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the desire to care less; a longing for liberty, an ache to let things go. – from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
It seems like every day that I'm online I see more desperate lamentations of our powerlessness over the system, more topical political discussions turning into joint proclamations of inevitable defeat, where once passionate activists now find their only catharsis in positing apocalyptic hypotheticals back and forth to each other.
These people aren't driven to this hopeless, reclusive state through ignorance, myopia, or self-absorption. On the contrary, their radical worldview and their fatalistic outlook are direct products of their acute sense of perspective and their unbridled compassion. These people are not lost causes; they are precisely the people that can be reached.
I see people like this, and I always want to say something, but the right turn of phrase has not yet come to mind. These are the people who have heard it all - and done it all - before, and this is where it's all led up to.
The next time I see someone in this sort of pessimistic stupor, I want to be able to say: "Come join us at Liberosis. You'll be among company. We'll get through this together." I want to help set up the environment - the community, the resources, the incentives - to help this jaded recluse become the powerful political force they're uniquely suited to be.
— Owen Maitzen, founder