“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’d originally shared this quote last year, and as I continue to finish up this month’s slightly delayed, and very much off-topic, #1000Speak post (which I’ll finish up & post sometime in the next day or two), I wanted to share it again.
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.
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