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Perseverance: Lost in the Gulf of Mexico

Written in the middle of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this piece invites us to think about what these kinds of disasters mean for us as human beings in these times. In the face of tremendous devastation or all-out systems collapse, and little to no clarity around a solution or recovery, it can be easy to feel hopeless. How do we move forward without getting consumed by fear, sadness or anger? Wheatley calls for perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems and reminds us that only by acknowledging that we are lost can be begin to create new maps.

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