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An Inaugural Letter From the Editor

ISSUE NO. 1, ARRIVING WINTER 2020

People are angry at the world right now, and rightfully so. Ecosystems are crumbling. Brutality is becoming normalized in places least expected. People are dying and inequality of every type seeps more and more of its poison into the light of day. Fury and grief and a knowledge of current events play essential roles in standing up, speaking out, and affecting lasting change. Sitting idly by or burying oneself in distractions is easy.

That's not what this magazine is for. To cope with all of this daily bombardment - not only to thrive, but to survive - we need sparks of joy. We need to care for ourselves. We need moments of positivity and celebration, and most importantly, we need the fundamental belief that we are capable of building ourselves a better world.

These are not the opposite of acknowledging the state of the world we find ourselves in. They are a necessary counterpart, and are often what keep us sane on this deeply imperfect earth. Burnout is real. Depression, anxiety, and emotional exhaustion are often endemic. We cannot surround ourselves in nothing but deep, amplified pain and expect ourselves to flourish. We must take care of ourselves in addition to honoring our mantle as stewards of the world.

That's the goal of this magazine. I want to provide a bolster for those that are attempting to change the world for the better. I want to amplify narratives that inspire and upbuild. I want to provide footholds for hope, joy, and motivation - which are so often difficult to find, especially with the constant, drowning influx of dramatics and fear we can easily find ourselves sinking into on the internet.

So I ask of you: What do you have to share?

What is your deepest, most hopeful vision for the world? What are your dreams, for yourself or the world at large, and how do you expect us to get there? What wisdom have you garnered, and what potentials keep you going? Why do you smile, and why do you dare dream in the first place? Who do you dream of, and what places, real or imagined, have moved you deeper than words could?

We want your words. We want your brushstrokes. We want your thoughts. We want you.

I wish you all safety and wellbeing in these wild and trying times. We will get through this.

Thank you.

Jé Cozē
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