Pando: If I had an artist’s gift, I’d paint our reality today like Hieronymus Bosch painted his five centuries ago, only more bizarre and twisted.
We live in frightening times. How should this affect our work? At what point is it only prudent to give up on change-making and hide under a rock?
John Cobb: I haven’t given that any thought. I think I’d just stay with the world as it went to hell.
If there are possibilities of helping a city become more self-sufficient, I think that’s very important. And smaller cities probably have a better shot at that, than the bigger ones.
Frankly, even though I talk about surviving a lot…
Planetary survival, civilizational survival, species…
…yes, at this juncture in my life, I personally have no interest in surviving. I’m ready to go.
Mary Elizabeth, how do you respond?
Mary Elizabeth Moore: I think it’s a wonderful question – do we head for the hills or do we stay and do the work we feel called to do, with hope? And I think it begs another question, Why?