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  • Come join the Look Up! movement of hope.

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  • Posted: June 25, 2014 9:32:09 am
  • Our manifesto:

    We're choosing to look up. Because when we were growing up we looked up.

    We looked up to our heroes, we looked up to the stars. We looked up to what our future could be.

    Our heroes were true heroes and inherently good, our future was full of progress and hope. These days, we stopped looking up and we look around and down on others.

    Our futures are broken, our heroes are fallen, our stars are too far away to bother. In an effort to make everything relevant and realistic we've lost sight of what our world should be.

    Looking up is an allegory for what is the best in our popular culture. It gives us a place to escape yes, but it gives us a place to hope and dream of a world and people as it could be.

    So we choose to look up.

    It’s a matter of trying to show that stories of hope and goodness are as vital and true today as any gritty tale of darkness and moral ambiguity. It’s about saying that just because the present may not always seem happy, this shouldn't lead to the view that the future is inevitably going to be dark.

    One problem is that a lot of works and overall modern thought process has latched onto the “Good is Dumb” idea. Thoughts of idealism and heroism get treated as literally childish or naive. A lot of so called "mature" entertainment buys into the concept and people keep falling for it.

    The "what if" nature of the darker stories seems to have been lost and we've gone from the mindset of the brighter future, full of noble, stout hearted and compassionate heroes being the more desirable and more likely future, to the mindset of accepting that the darker future and more aggressive and cynical heroes are the more obvious and likely outcome.

    Anyone interested is welcome to come and join the new Look Up! Facebook group.

    if you like it, spread the word!
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