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Turning Angst to Action

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.—Anne Frank

If you’ve ever been in an earthquake, you might recognize this feeling: One minute you’re calmly sitting in your comfy chair, enjoying your morning cup of coffee; the next, you’re running to the doorframe. Walls crumble, dishes fall, bookcases crash down around you, and you realize that the ground beneath your feet isn’t solid after all. There’s so much we take for granted—though, fundamentally, life is not predictable.

People suffer unanticipated devastation all the time. A car accident kills your teenager; your doctor announces you have cancer; sexual violence ends your trust; years of oppression culminate in ...

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