This coming Tuesday marks the 3rd anniversary of #1000Speak, and the realization that the date was coming up fast has derailed my original posting plans for today. So… while I wrap myself up in compassionate thoughts – and think about the anniversary post, I leave you with these words from historian Howard Zinn – I’ve always loved the notion, and the imagery, that the future is an infinite succession of presents:
“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.”
Photo of the sloop Clearwater on the Hudson River between the Walkway Over The Hudson and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, April 2015.