Thoughts on Hope – 1

On Optimism and Pessimism
(as opposed to authentic Hope)

An optimist says, in effect, “Don’t worry, it’s going to turn out all right.” A pessimist says, “It’s going down the drain and there’s nothing you can do about it” Both get us off the hook. Our place is on the hook. Whether things turn out for the better depends on what we do. We ought not spend our time masterminding the future, but recognize our marching order: to do the best we can for history and the planet. One of my favorite prayers was written by a 9-year old. His mother found it scribbled on a note beside his bed, “Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.”

-Huston Smith in “Datebook”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2009

How are we "on the hook"?
How are we “on the hook”?

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