Sunday, July 5, 2009

Simple Accumulation

A few days after Giuls and I last went to prison, she told me to watch Chris Abani's second TED Talk. She watches it all the time. More, she says, than I watch his first.

We had talked to the prisoners about big dreams and little actions, but I'm not sure she even meant to make the connection. As I remember, she and I were thinking about stories when she recommended that I go back and listen again. Stories connect to everything, though, I guess. Big dreams and little actions included...

The world is never saved in grand, messanaic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion...everyday acts of compassion.

I dig the mispronunciation.

And I think Chris would agree that there's nothing wrong with a big dream if it motivates everyday acts or helps organize their accumulation.

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