Vision & Inspiration
Human creativity and change usually starts with a vision of what could be, a dream. The people who express such visions so that others can see and hear and touch them not only inspire us, but keep us perservering.
Our homeless/low-income writer's group, StreetWrites, was once told after a public reading, "A lot of us felt awkward when you read something funny. We didn't think we were supposed to laugh about homelessness." Humor is the strongest survival tool we have. Poor people laugh about poverty a lot
-- and about a lot of other things. Laughing and playing together is as important a part of building community as working together, helping each other, and fighting injustice side by side. Laughter is an excellent tool in doing the last three, too.
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