How Bad Things Can Make Us Good People
• September 2019
Poets from Ernest Hemingway to Kanye West have taught us that we can, over time, become stronger right at the places where we’ve been wounded. But does “stronger” always mean “better”? While many of our greatest heroes were been born of intense suffering, many of our strongest villains were born the same way. What causes some people to pass on their pain on to others in warfare, racism, and abuse, while some seem to transform their pain into great art, compassionate wisdom, and restorative justice? Join Cameron Hood and Ryan David Green of Tucson, Arizona’s indie-folk duo Ryanhood as they use virtuosity, heart, and humor to explore the gifts of heartbreak, loss, and failure. What does it mean to truly transform pain? And how is it that bad things can make us into good people?