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The Open Space of Democracy: Reprint Edition
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This book maps a future for America and Americans that is luminous, hopeful, fierce, and prophetic all in one. Anyone who truly cares about our democracy and about the health of the natural world NEEDS to read this, be inspired by it, and take action in honor of it.
What Terry Tempest Williams proposes not only facilitates transformation within our democratic system, but by the simple act of learning to listen with open minds and hearts, we may receive one another's views on a very human scale. If we endeavor to connect in this manner, not only will we have a more functional democracy, we will become better human beings.
Bela Johnson, Medical Intuitive
Host, Alternative Currents
"In the open space of democracy, we engage the qualities of inquiry, intuition, and love as we become a dynamic citizenry, unafraid to exercise our shared knowledge and power. We can dissent. We can vote. We can step forward in times of terror with a confounding calm that will shatter fear and complacency."
As was illustrated in a recent 60 Minutes piece, Terry Tempest Williams describes what a trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge can do to open minds and souls.
"The power of nature is the power of a life in association. Nothing stands alone. On my haunches, I see a sunburst lichen attached to limestone; algae and fungi are working together to break down rock into soil. I cannot help but recognize a radical form of democracy at play. Each organism is rooted in its own biological niche, drawing its power from its relationship to other organisms. An equality of being contributes to an ecological state of health and succession."
It is very unfortunate that this book is out of print. I wish it would be re-issued and distributed widely. The open space of democracy is waiting for us.
I love her statements on the importance of (and power in!) community decision-making, the very purpose of democracy. If we all felt so strongly and listened to one another as deeply, America may be a different place (better).
A fantastic, quick read, still raw in its recency.
"In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species." (41)
"An open democracy inspires wisdom and the dignity of choice. A closed society inspires terror and the tyranny of belief." (10)
"To engage in responsive citizenship, we must become citizens who respond. Passionately. This is how we can make a difference. This is how we can serve society." (10)
"If we cannot engage in respectful listening there can be no civil dialogue and without civil dialogue we the people will simply become bullies and brutes, deaf to the truth" (23)
"Patience is more powerful than anger. Humor is more attractive than fear. Pay attention. Listen. We are most alive when discovering. Humility is the capacity to see. [...Read more ›
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This is a very important and visionary look at our current state of affairs. Excellent reading for anyone!Published 16 months ago by Mary
The 2004 Orion edition is of much higher quality. I gave that edition to someone I met in Yellowstone and ordered another for myself. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Katherine Laise
This book is inspiring and motivating. I shared it with my 17 year old and we discussed how small actions speak much louder than big words.Published on December 14, 2010 by Bobcj