A Paradise Built in Hell – the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster. By Rebecca Solnit

7. The positive emotions that arise in those unpromising circumstances demonstrate that social ties and meaningful work are deeply desired, readily improvised, and intensely rewarding. The very structure of our economy and society prevents these goals from being achieved. …If paradise now arises in hell, it’s because in the suspension of the usual order [a disaster] and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way.

8. you can read recent history as a history of privatization not just of the economy but also of society, as marketing and media shove imagainatio more and more toward private life and private satisfaction, as citizens are redefined as consumers, as public participation falters and with it any sense of collective or individual political power….

8. There is no money in what is aptly called free association: we are instead encouraged by media nad advertising to fear each other and regard public l ife as a dange rand a nuisance, to live in secured spaces, communicate by electronic means, and aquire our information from media rather than each other.

10. Catastrophe comes from the Greek kata, or down, and streiphen, or turning over. It means an upset of what is expected…

10. People know what to do in a disaster. [We are freed to act in His Image rather than according to the structures of society as in photo above]. [Disaster frees us from bondage to societal bonds and allows us to choose…]