“To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. 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
I came across this quote the other day and thought it was perfect as I work on finishing this month’s #1000Speak post (which I plan to post on the 19th instead of the 20th this month).
I love the concept of viewing the future as an infinite succession of presents, and that fits well with the notion that it is the small ripples we make individually that ultimately make a difference – if we look around ourselves, get overwhelmed, and give up, then we really have lost the war. A better future always depends on individuals not giving up, and spurring others to move forward as well.