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Writing to Change the World

Mary Pipher, American clinical psychologist and author of many books including Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls and The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families to Enrich Our Lives, has released a new book titled Writing to Change the World.

This piece proves to be an encouragement to the people who seek to effect social change with nothing but their message and a keyboard. Here’re some excerpts:

Jesus exemplifies our confused attitudes about radicals. To the entrenched, greedy powers of His time, he was a real troublemaker. He was a pacifist who disdained the wealthy and religious hypocrites, and He befriended prostitutes and beggars. Yet for two thousand years, He has been revered. Still, if He were writing and preaching today, most likely He would be regarded as a subversive and a kook.”

“In the upside-down world of America today, our culture’s dysfunctional message is that healthy people accept the world as it is. We are taught that problems are pervasive and insolvable, and that we are powerless. Also, we hear that only radical nuts or quixotic fuzzy-brains work for social and political change. Yet powerlessness produces despair in people and stagnation in cultures. Throughout history, it has been the strong people who have endeavored to make their communities better. Healthy people act.”

“In my opinion, true rebels are not anguished, angry individuals mired since adolescence in their own complaints and needs for individuation. True rebels act from a well-developed moral center. They know who they are and what they stand for. Most likely, they are fighting for something that they have spent a lifetime learning to love.”

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