The Arc of Justice and the Long Run
Hope, History, and Unpredictability

Solnit, Rebecca
Date Written:  2013-12-22
Publisher:  TomDispatch
Year Published:  2013
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX15599

North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Sometimes cause and effect are centuries apart; sometimes Martin Luther King’s arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice is so long few see its curve; sometimes hope lies not in looking forward but backward to study the line of that arc.

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