Sat Mar 18, 2017, 12:08 PM
bellmartin (84 posts)
Reading list to inspire the resistance?
Disclosure: I feel sure this topic has been discussed many times here, but I haven’t seen the results. Feel free to point me to those sources, as well.
When trying to survive and resist in this dark and disturbing time, it’s both necessary and easy to spend so much time reading (and watching) just to keep up with the ever-moving daily events and commentary. That can play powerful games with a person’s head, though, pulling us a hundred directions at once.
My wife and I are finding great help and inspiration by trying to balance that with readings that are less fleeting in nature, but that also apply more or less directly. Some of our more recent readings (and some of them aloud to each other, others just shared) include the U.S. Constitution (annotated), John Lewis’ Across That Bridge, his March graphic novels, Address Unknown by Katherine Kressman Taylor, and The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. We’re about to start on Lewis’ Walking with the Wind.
So, the main question is, what are your recommendations for readings that are inspirational for this time, especially those with a broader perspective?
Sub-question: As you can see, we’re great admirers of Mr. Lewis. We’ve read quite a bit of Gandhi in the past, but while we’ve read scattered and short books about Martin Luther King, nothing very definitive. What do you recommend there, specifically?
Semi-related question: While we’ve got you here, we’d also like ideas for practical guides to resist. We’re ACLU members and have access to their excellent materials, as well as the Indivisible handbook and the Women’s March materials. Other sources?
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