on Hope

on Hope

From Brainpickings – titled An Antidote to Helplessness.

An article apt for the present when so many of us are battling feelings of helplessness, loss, fear, confusion.

I have extracted 2 quotes which spoke to me – but this is so worth a read.

Hope — and the wise, effective action that can spring from it — is the counterweight to the heavy sense of our own fragility. It is a continual negotiation between optimism and despair, a continual negation of cynicism and naïveté. We hope precisely because we are aware that terrible outcomes are always possible and often probable, but that the choices we make can impact the outcomes.

Maria Popova

As we navigate our own uncertain times together, may a thousand flowers of sanity bloom, each valid so long as it is viable in buoying the human spirit it animates. And may we remember the myriad terrors and uncertainties preceding our own, which have served as unexpected awakenings from some of our most perilous civilizational slumbers. 

Maria Popova

Hope is a decisive element in any attempt to bring about social change in the direction of greater aliveness, awareness, and reason. 

Erich Fromm

Only through full awareness of the danger to life can this potential be mobilized for action capable of bringing about drastic changes in our way of organizing society… One cannot think in terms of percentages or probabilities as long as there is a real possibility — even a slight one — that life will prevail.

Erich Fromm