Preface: Many people are exhausted or overwhelmed right now. So I am re-posting two essays I wrote almost a decade ago to help energize and re-kindle the fire …
Hope In a Time of Hopelessness
Several long-time activists have told me recently they are overwhelmed, worried, and think that we may be losing the struggle ….
One very smart friend asked me if there is any basis for hope.
But hope is an act of will, not a passive mood. Admittedly, things are easier when circumstances bring hope to us, and we can just receive the hopeful and inspiring news.
But if we care about winning, we have to be able to decide to have hope even when outer circumstances aren’t so positive.
I have children who are counting on me to leave them with a reasonably safe and sane planet. As I’ve said elsewhere, “I care too much about my kids and my freedom to be afraid. I care enough about them that it gets my heart beating, connects me to something bigger than myself, and that gives me courage, even when the chips are down.”
If I allowed myself to lose hope about exposing falsehoods, about protecting our freedom and building a hopeful future, I would be dropping the ball for my kids. I would be condemning them to a potentially very grey world where bigger and worse things may happen, where their liberties and joys are wholly stripped away, where every ounce of vitality is beholden to joyless and useless tasks.
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