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In Memoriam - Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard
December 22, 1929 – April 10, 2019

"It’s strange to use the words ‘untimely death’ about someone who would have been 90 in December, but there was nothing old about Barbara. She was one of the most youthfully optimistic people I’ve ever known.

In one sense, she was born at the wrong time, and came of age when the role of women was relegated to being homemaker and caregiver.

In the midst of Barbara’s adolescence, the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  She maintained that that event was perhaps the defining moment of her life. She realized that the enormous destructive human potential that had produced the atomic bomb could be turned on its head and mined for our greatest creative potential.

Eventually her various influences created in her the powerful conviction that her life’s work was to be midwife to nothing less than humanity’s conscious evolution.  Barbara even came to believe that the political, social and economic turmoil the world is experiencing at present was evidence that humanity was in the midst of evolution to a higher state of being.

As time wore on, she kept getting younger, more energetic and productive, more infused with the certainty that there was more and more for her to do. Like many of her other friends, I never actually expected her to die.  But her primary genius was in simply being, in embodying the extraordinary certainty of possibility and positive change that could express itself in a woman at any time of her life. Barbara was never a woman ‘of a certain age.’ She was ageless and fearless, and she prompted other women to embrace the latter years as a time of immense creativity and freedom."

Lynne McTaggart

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