I went wandering through the internet a few days ago and found these quotes, and was moved to put them together into a little story.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.
(Vaclav Havel, Dale Carnegie and Raymond Williams)
I have a complicated relationship with hope and her sisters — power, will, fortune, privilege, guts, blind dumb stubbornness. I struggle with the difference between “being realistic” and quivering on the track with my eyes closed while the train comes roaring through, because frankly the difference isn’t always so apparent to me. And here’s the thing: sometimes what passes for hope in this world isn’t so different from that quivering helplessness either. It’s not always easy to know whether to stand or step aside or actually leap and grapple.
But I do know that I like today’s little story: it’s not about being helpless or willfully blind; and I never want to be convinced by despair.