THE DREAM OF SOMETHING BETTER

THE DREAM OF SOMETHING BETTER

Our friend Mike Riddell writes “It took a long time for an anger at injustice to rise in my soul, despite the fact that I’d been an activist for many years before. Anger is a raw force with many faces — it is more often destructive than constructive. I imagine I was in my mid-forties before I started to understand that the best part of my anger was generated by a sense of loss.

In general terms, I think it evolved into an approximation of what Walter Brueggemann calls “the prophetic imagination.” By this I understand him to mean that you can measure the present against a vision of what the future might hold — what indeed humanity is capable of and is called toward. This creates a hugely generative gap, a chasm of despair and longing.

The dream of something better was a long time coming, but once it lodged in my heart it was inescapable. It became the catalyst for dreaming of something more. I dreamed of something deeper and richer, not for myself, but for all of us bound together by our humanity. The sneaking suspicion grew: We are better than all this.” How that better can arise even when fear threatens to quiet it, is the subject of Mike’s lovely new piece for The Porch, Issue #2, available here. (Haven’t subscribed yet? Click here to find out more.)

LET ME IN THE SOUND

LET ME IN THE SOUND

WHAT MOVIE IS THE PORCH?

WHAT MOVIE IS THE PORCH?