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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
“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
“."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
“...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
“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

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