Hope is Our Resistance

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Last month I posted The Ruling Class Tremble, an article about fear. In the introduction I said “I write this with some apprehension. In exploring things I dread, I’m nervous about adding to other people’s anxiety and distress.” For those who read that article – this is my attempt at an antidote – an exploration of hope.

In my writing I’ve often quoted the advice of Raymond Williams that a vital task is to make “hope practical, rather than despair convincing.” Yet, for a long time, I have struggled with both hope and despair. At this time of year I’m reminded of the people lost through suicide. July 2nd is the anniversary of the day my friend Belinda Deane took her own life. For thHOPE gige past 14 years this anniversary has been marked by the HOPE suicide prevention gig. HOPE brings together a mixture of local bands, Belinda’s…

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