I''ve been thinking a lot lately about the iconography and language of hope, especially in a time when hope seems too little too late against the onrushing realities we face as a species, ala climate change and the rise of fascism. And it seems to me that the past efforts in this direction fail to compel both attention and action to a degree that can begin to turn the tide against all the other forces arrayed against such hope. Largely, I suspect, because the foundations of earlier speech and image were rooted in somewhat less urgency (except in specific circumstances to a given time or nation) than these present conditions - and social mindsets - are responsive to. One aspect of this I suspect has to do with socio-economic realities, and the state of openness or close-mindedness - has shaped us into so many deeply divided classes. Though it may also be that classes, as such, have actually given way to outright caste systems across an increasing swath of the planet.
So the question we face - can we enlist ever-greater numbers of people in the state of mind required to face and tackle these enormous on-coming forces bearing down on us and our descendants in a sustained and effective manner - and do so within a rapidly shrinking time scale? What icons and languages can drive such a response, that does not simultaneously drive further wedges between peoples and thus merely serve as an intellectual exercise devoid of wider appeal? Can the activist elite so long mired in ideological purity drop from their certainty and righteous perch above the fray and enlist in the cause of true inclusion of others regardless of caste/class and prior understandings.
It seems to me these are among the most critical conversations we all need to be engaged in for the future of all species. Or have I fallen off the tree and struck my head, ala Alice in Wonderland? Comments, discussion, are all welcome on this.