J.K. Rowling on failure, imagination, and freedom

Dear John,

Please watch this video. The entire thing. And when J.K. Rowling remembers her work at Amnesty International, ask yourself: Why have I created a Society that’s so obsessed with lions?

“As long as I live I shall remember walking along an empty corridor and suddenly hearing, from behind a closed door, a scream of pain and horror such as I have never heard since. The door opened, and the researcher poked out her head and told me to run and make a hot drink for the young man sitting with her. She had just had to give him the news that in retaliation for his own outspokenness against his country’s regime, his mother had been seized and executed.

Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.”

“We do not need magic to change the world,
we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already:
we have the power to imagine better.”

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