Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | March 14, 2012

Arundhati Roy: Another World is Possible

From Arundhati Roy:

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Arundhati Roy, War Talk

We stand at the edge of our world.  How many times have humans been at such a place?  We stood at the edge of our forest, peering out into the plain, dreaming of its vastness, of the possibilities, and gave birth to humanity.  When we nearly perished, due to an ecological crisis, we walked out into the world beyond Africa, and gave birth to the diversity of human culture, language, spirituality, and art.  Today, we face crises similar but different.  We are, as always, at the edge of our world, birthing…. If we are to once again experience the cosmos as our womb, to participate meaningfully in the awesome event called the Universe, then we must simply walk outside, pause, and look at the shining stars, or see a child being born, or listen to a tree’s leaves rustling in the wind, and be amazed.  Until we regain this capacity, no set of ideas can save us from ourselves.

From Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth


  1. Thank you for this beautiful and insightful quote. Just now I was going to post a query to my multitude of artist friends about how their work is changing and transforming our world. As a playwright & solo performer, the effect and power of my writing and speaking are foremost in my mind as I create. Like Arundhati Roy says, we stand at the edge of our world. Which direction do we choose to help guide it?

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