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"The Optimism of Uncertainty"- Howard Zinn

"An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time.

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

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maxauburn
Nov. 14th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
I like what you have said here.

It certainly does apply to now, where everyone expects Trump to ruin and trample
on all the things we hold dear.

We will just have to use patience and wait and see.

And be hopeful and optimistic in the meanwhile.

Edited at 2016-11-14 12:39 pm (UTC)
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