“I believe in fact, and I believe in the plain truth told wholly — that the truth retold can be a net thrown around life at a certain time and place, encompassing all within, and that people can go out there, live as actors, work within their staging ground, do so with a soft heart; I want others to go in the world with an idea, with intentions and means, and come back with a story about how their actions affected the world and how they themselves were shaped by the results.
I have a belief that such endeavours can improve the world, however recklessly, especially when these people go forward and interact, give, solve, change the situations they encounter–and also, even those with no intentions of recording their actions.
There’s nothing to be gained from passive observance, the simple documenting of conditions, because, at its core, it sets a bad example. Every time something is observed and not fixed, or when one has a chance to give in some way and does not, there is a lie being told, the same lie we all know by heart but which needn’t be reiterated.
Friends, I urge you to find us hopeful. I urge you to find that we tried something, knowing nothing of the results. There is a chance that everything we did was incorrect, but stasis itself is criminal for those with the means to move, and the means to weave communion between people.”
— Dave Eggers, You Shall Know Our Velocity