A challenge

I am reposting this little tidbit from Rob Brezney’s column this week. Two quotes, from Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. It pretty much sums up how I am attempting to live my life:

One of my heroes, radical historian Howard Zinn, said that pessimism
tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we relentlessly imagine the
worst possible outcomes, if we concentrate on all the things that are
falling apart and going wrong, it cripples our capacity to make
constructive changes. “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly
romantic,” he wrote. “It gives us the energy to act.”
More from Howard: “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.”

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future,” says Noam Chomsky. “Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.”

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