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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
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“The possibility of paradise hovers on the cusp of coming into being, so much so that it takes powerful forces to keep such a paradise at bay. If paradise now arises in hell, it's because in the suspension of the usual order and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell
“This is a paradise of rising to the occasion that points out by contrast how the rest of the time most of us fall down from the heights of possibility, down into diminished selves and dismal societies. Many now do not even hope for a better society, but they recognize it when they encounter it, and that discovery shines out even through the namelessness of their experience. Others recognize it, grasp it, and make something of it, and long-term social and political transformations, both good and bad, arise from the wreckage. The door to this ear's potential paradises is in hell.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“It's tempting to ask why if you fed your neighbors during the time of the earthquake and fire, you didn't do so before or after.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“What you imagine as overwhelming or terrifying while at leisure becomes something you can cope with when you must-there is no time for fear.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“The map of utopias is cluttered nowadays with experiments by other names, and the very idea is expanding. It needs to open up a little more to contain disaster communities. These remarkable societies suggest that, just as many machines reset themselves to their original settings after a power outage, human beings reset themselves to something altruistic, communitarian, resourceful and imaginative after a disaster, that we revert to something we already know how to do. The possibility of paradise is already within us as a default setting.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“...mutual aid and pleasure are linked, that the ties that bind are grounds for celebration as well as obligation.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“There is no money in what is aptly called free association: we are instead encouraged by media and advertising to fear each other and regard public life as a danger and a nuisance, to live in secured spaces, communicate by electronic means, and acquire our information from media rather than each other.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“A comprehensive utopia may be out of reach, but the effort to realise it shapes the world for the better all the same. The belief may not be true, but it is useful. Belief makes the world.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
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“."Katrina was an extreme version of what goes on in many disasters,wherein how you behave depends on whether you think your neighbors or fellow citizens are a greater threat than the havoc wrought by a disaster or a greater good than the property in houses and stores around you.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“Many events plant seeds, imperceptible at the time, that bear fruit long afterward.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“If paradise now arises in hell, it's because in the suspension of the usual order and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“We speak of self-fulfilling prophecies, but any belief that is acted on makes the world in its image. Beliefs matter. And so do the facts behind them. The astonishing gap between common beliefs and actualities about disaster behavior limits the possibilities, and changing beliefs could fundamentally change much more. Horrible in itself, disaster is sometimes a door back into paradise, that paradise at least in which we are who we hope to be, do the work we desire, and are each our sister's and brother's keeper.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
“Disaster doesn't sort us out by preferences; it drags us into emergencies that require we act, and act altruistically, bravely, and with initiative in order to survive or save the neighbors, no matter how we vote or what we do for a living.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

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