Sunday, January 18, 2009

Studs Terkel on community and the Depression

In an interview, not long before his death at 96, Studs Terkel had some advice for how we can cope with our crumbling economy:

"The lessons of the Great Depression? Don’t blame yourself. Turn to others. Take part in the community. The big boys are not that bright.

Hope dies last—“La esperanza muere Ășltima.” Without hope, you can’t make it. And so long as we have that hope, we’ll be okay. Once you become active helping others, you feel alive. You don’t feel, “It’s my fault.” You become a different person. And others are changed, too."
Enough said.

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