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“An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy, whistler-in-the-dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something…”

“The Optimism of Uncertainty” by Howard Zinn in

Hold Hope, Wage Peace  edited by David Krieger and Carah Ong

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