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Imagining a better world (and a happy new year)

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Imagining a better world (and a happy new year)
By Tyler Gindraux • Issue #18 • View online
Hi, hello! Can anyone believe it’s the end of the year? Welcome to the final issue of 2020.

Text: This Week
Text: This Week
One of my favorite things about human beings is our ability to imagine new worlds. In some ways, I’ve talked about this before. It’s that ability to see a new way of doing something that, quite literally, keeps us going.
In January, Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic. We all know the repercussions this has had on the way we live, work, connect, travel and even vote.
In May, the murder of George Floyd ignited worldwide protests against racial injustice, with many people evaluating their own roles in oppressive systems and particularly, the role of the police.
It might be trivial to try and learn something from what has been a difficult, “unprecedented” and unpredictable time, but, if this year has taught me anything, it’s our collective ability to imagine new worlds. Over and over we’ve reflected on the way things are, closely comparing it to the way we wish they might be. We’ve used our imagination, and from that, we’ve gained hope.
So, to end the year I leave you with this. An ode to the future, to our ability to imagine new ones, and the ways we already do it together.
Text: "There are years that ask questions, and years that answer." Zora Neale Hurston
Text: "There are years that ask questions, and years that answer." Zora Neale Hurston
Thanks
Starting this newsletter has been one of the highlights of my year. I truly enjoy connecting with all of you around a subject we all seem to love. Happy end of the year folks, I’ll see you back here soon.
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