But in the New World, for those of us of African descent, we were living centuries ahead in our bodies. Copyright © 2020. In times of hopelessness and pain, we often forget to take time to just stop for a second and collect ourselves. But they are both stitching relationship across the ruptures that have made politics thin veneers over human dramas of power and frailty, fear and hope. And the last voice you hear, singing our final credits in each show, is hip-hop artist Lizzo. And then, of course, one immigrates, and another layer of what are the secrets, what can be said, begin to unfold, because now you’re in the procedural, bureaucratic precarity of being an immigrant from a father who comes over illegal, the concern that you might say something that could end up jeopardizing your family and end up plunging you into difficulties — this also becomes a concern. Talk about what that is and how you find yourself living that now. I have progressed in weapons and challenges but not ranked. We can assume that his father, who was a priest, would have grounded him in the biblical narrative and made clear the stories and promises surrounding his birth. In the same way, John will need to learn to be alone, silent, and dependent upon God and hear the words that Israel will need to receive in order to prepare the way for the messiah. Hey, man, that’s scary. And I have to tell you that, for people like us, for people who come out of the African Diaspora in the New World, simply to fall in love, when you have historically been denied love, the right to just connect to the body which you have chosen and that has chosen you, means that an act of love is not only revolutionary, it’s not only transcendent, but it is the deific. When life is going well, we can plan for quarters and years at a time. Ms. Tippett: How do you think that shapes you as an artist, your artistic imagination, even when so much of your storytelling is very carnal? Ms. Tippett: I hear you, in this conversation and in other words you’ve spoken and written, always bringing that kind of large aspiration and challenge. Ms. Tippett: So to be misaligned is a virtue, is that what you’re saying? How does one go about restoring hope in the wilderness? Our public life is like a deranged three-year-old, and I wouldn’t want to offend deranged three-year-olds. And I, for one, think eventually there’s — I don’t trust our politicians. Each day has enough trouble of its own. That needle has moved. For others of us, it becomes a source for theorizing about real-world alterity and alternate possibilities. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. Will he obey the wishes of the angelic messenger or will he choose to go his own path? There’s a larger question, of course, about how all this stuff plays out in communities when we’re — and now we’re reaching up to the community level — we’re also talking about the way that our current economic system, the way this stage of capitalism, neoliberalism, how it has destroyed what we would call the public good, the public commons: ideals of the civic, ideals of the social, altruism. His hope is fiercely reality-based, a product of centuries lodged in his body of African-Caribbean suffering, survival, and genius. In the gospel of Luke, the story of John the Baptist’s birth is one of restoring hope for his parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. And you’ve talked about your father was militaristic, that boys in your family were beneficiaries of this patriarchal ethos, which was inherited from the larger culture, but that you experience yourself to be a victim as much as a beneficiary of that. Can you tell us the date (MM/DD/YYYY) that you saw the bug? Restoring hope is a process that can help us find our way through the wilderness and help bring meaning to some of the most difficult experiences that we have in life. And how all of our national elites deal with that reality, I think, is the number one — and how we’re all going to deal with these realities — is the great challenge facing us. Mr. Díaz: Yeah, well, I mean we’ve certainly got to stop this absurd paradigm of — that this thing is a problem. Krista Tippett, host: In the aftermath of America’s cathartic 2016 election, The New Yorker collected a series of 16 reflections by varied authors. I hope EA/DICE plan on handing out a boat load of credits, when they get it together. What about this last few months has encouraged anyone who is an immigrant or anyone of African descent or anyone who has emerged from an authoritarian society to say, “Aha, this is something, now, we’re transcending. Certainly, I was speaking to a very specific audience in that piece, and I’m glad that other folks resonated; they felt attunement. I mean that doesn’t allow you much room, but it also leaves out so much complexity and so many accomplishments, and for me, to remind myself and, certainly, my interlocutors in that piece, of how much has been accomplished under worse odds. I always ask this question when I start my interviews, whoever I’m talking with, about the religious or spiritual background of their childhood. It appears that Zechariah did a lot of thinking and reflecting during his 9-10 months of silence. So much of what we’re up against now is, after all, familiar, but part of the dynamic now is that it is familiar to some and not to others. It’s a way of understanding that, even though we’ve become free by law, the reality is that we still, those of us of African descent, live under a terrible, terrible precarity that is directly predicated on the original crime of slavery, that the racial regime of the West means that, for those of us of African descent, that being able to use secrecy, being able to use silence, was an important counterstrategy. But before I do, I want to take a slight diversion, which I don’t think is completely a diversion, which is your love of science fiction and the way science fiction is in your fiction. We don’t need to change anything” that just is — it’s just destroying us, man. Ms. Tippett: I’m Krista Tippett, and this is On Being. – Rivers of Hope Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday China is willing to exert more pressure to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program.