1. Evil Does Not Win in Fables
"In folklore, when innocence dies, a newer, stronger hero emerges, tools in hand, moving toward a resolution."
by Brie Larson
These last ten days have hurt. They have felt like a direct blow to the dreamers, to the empathizers, to those who dare to hope. My optimism was drained from my body, leaving me as a shell, shaking. In the past, I have always looked to folklore for guidance, but this time, I struggled to find meaning in those stories.
Evil does not win in fables. Innocence is rescued. Gentleness, compassion, and understanding rise above, not hate. These stories have guided my life, and to find nothing of support in what once comforted me was crushing. However, after a few days of reflection, I realized where I was going wrong was in believing that the news that woke the world on November 9 was the end of the story.
At this point in our narrative, we have not reached the conclusion. It is not time to close the book. We've merely hit the climax of one tale, defined as the moment when the tension reaches its peak — the "crisis point" in the plot. It's the moment when growth occurs; when the cloak of naïveté is shed. On Wednesday, November 10, we saw the dark corners of this country, and we learned that life is complicated, that it can be scary, and that the woods can be filled with terrors. But, as in folklore, when innocence dies, a newer, stronger hero emerges, tools in hand, moving toward a resolution.
Right now we might be holding our breath because we are unsure what will happen next. It might feel hopeless, but what I'd like to remind you — and I hope you don't mind spoilers — is that you are just about to remember that you hold the key to the end of this story. Symbolically, the key is the crust of bread used for a trail back home, or the torch only the hero can light. In our current reality, it's remembering that our strength and passion have not been taken away. We've only grown louder. Growth can be painful, but pain is no longer a sensation we can avoid. Instead, we can see it as a means to better understand what really moves us. The heroes and heroines hear the cry from inside themselves and listen. Identify what it is saying. What do you feel is at risk that needs your attention? Is it your bravery? Do not deny the call. You have hands to create, arms to hold, legs that carry you great distances, and a mouth to speak the truth loudly. Everything you need to transmute your fear is inside of you.
"What is this resolution, and how does this story end?" you might ask. It's up to you. I know that if we continue to raise our voices and stand for what we believe in, we can move forward — reenergized and empowered — as the heroes of our own story. We can be the leaders of change if we start giving more than we take. Together, we will make it through the woods.
Brie Larson is an Oscar-winning actress. She is currently directing her first feature film.
2. Hari Nef Is In Pain
The actress and model shares her raw, poetic reaction to the election.
by Hari Nef
I am in pain and I don't know what's going to happen to my life.
I am in pain because people I love are in even more pain.