There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart. --Daisaku Ikeda

The Gift Hidden in the Heart of Disaster

The Gift Hidden in the Heart of Disaster

Jun 24, 2013-- "Disaster reveals what else the world could be like - reveals the strength of that hope, that generosity and that solidarity. It reveals mutual aid as a default operating principle and civil society as something waiting in the wings when it's absent from the stage." In this interview with Rebecca Solnit, she explores the reasons behind the paradoxical truth that when disaster strikes, the better parts of our humanity arise in response. Her research indicates that, even in the face of great loss and difficulty, many touched by disaster find a renewed sense of place, purpose and community, as the need to work together calls us powerfully back to the present. (9526 reads)


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