"Hope literacy," "functional denial" and other ways to keep going in this difficult time

Earth Island News's interview with climate scientist and activist Susanne Moser is excellent, especially on how "hope literacy" (understanding different the flavors of hope) and "functional denial" ("being fully aware and conscious and not denying the gravity of what we're creating" while still getting the work done) can allow you to retain your mental equilibrium in these difficult and often terrifying times.

What's interesting is that I've come to understand uncertainty as a necessary condition for hope. If you're perfectly certain that "It's going to be fine" or "It's going to be hell," you don't need hope, because you know exactly what's going to happen.

And what people like Trump and other radical right-wingers in particular promise is a kind of certainty: "America is going to be great again, it's going to be purely white, and we're going to have great economy and we're the best." That's all a form of certainty.

Whereas, "The future is going to look very different, and I can't tell you how, but we're going to have to go through that together and figure it out and create it — that's uncertainty, that requires work. It's very unpopular.

Despairing about the Climate Crisis? Read This. [Laurie Mazur/Earth Island News]

(Image: Susanne Moser)

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