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Vluchtelingenstroom 104

We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy — from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses — that only recently have we awakened to see not only that ‘regular’ citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high. Frances Moore LappĂ©. Time for Progressives to Grow Up. 2008
De prominente Amerikaanse cultuurcriticus en ‘Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences,’ Wendell Berry, schreef in zijn essaybundel The Unsettling of America (1977):
One of the peculiarities of the white race's presence in America is how little intention has been applied to it. As a people, wherever we ha…

Vluchtelingenstroom 103

Go on, my dear Americans, whip your horses to the utmost — Excitement; money! politics! — open all your valves and let her go — going, whirl with the rest — you will soon get under such momentum you can't stop if you would. Only make provision betimes, old States and new States, for several thousand insane asylums. You are in a fair way to create a nation of lunatics. Walt Whitman. 1878
A sense of place must include, at the very least, knowledge of what is inviolate (ongeschonden. svh) about the relationship between a people and the place they occupy, and certainly, too, how the destruction of this relationship, or the failure to attend to it, wounds people. Living in North America and trying to develop a philosophy of place  —  a recognition of the spiritual and psychological dimensions of geography — inevitably brings us back to our beginnings here, to the Spanish inversion (omwenteling. svh). The Spanish experience was to amass wealth and go home. Those of us who have stayed, who…