I have been meaning to post this wonderful quotation from Derrick Jensen's The Culture of Make Believe ever since this blog went on hiatus back in July. Here it is:
"Earlier this year, David Edwards, the author of Burning All Illusions, said to me, 'If the first value of a dysfunctional system is, 'Don't talk about it,' then our primary goal should be tell the truth, to be honest as we can manage to be. When I read something truthful, something real, I breathe a deep sigh and say, 'Fantastic -- I wasn't mad or alone in thinking that, after all.' So often we are left to our own devices, struggling in the dark with this external and internal propaganda system. At that point, for some to tell us the truth is a gift. In a world where people all around us are lying and confusing us, to be honest is a great kindness" (141).