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Wednesday of Hope – Hopefulness Is Not Romantic

The United Nations was established in Hope

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.

– Howard Zinn

Posted by opreach on August 21, 2019
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  1. 08/21/2019
    Dusty

    After spending a week in El Paso there is no doubt that Hope is what is motivating our immigrants crossing the border. May hope continue to inspire these men and women.

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  2. 08/21/2019
    Dusty

    After spending a week in El Paso there is no doubt that Hope is what is motivating our immigrants crossing the border. May hope continue to inspire these men and women.

    Reply
  3. 08/21/2019
    Peggy Devlin

    Thanks for this quote from Howard Zinn — good reminder for me in these difficult days to see a HOPE-FILLED message. Peggy Devlin, OP

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    • 08/21/2019

      We need all the Hope we can get!! I recall when I read Zinn’s book, right after the 2016 elections, it gave me hope.

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