"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

15 March 2016


I use the language of decline, decay, and despair rather than doom, gloom, and no possibility because I think any talk about despair is not where you end but where you start and then the courage and the sacrifice come in, but at the level of hope not optimism. Optimism and hope are different. Optimism tends to be based on the notion that there is enough evidence out there that allows us to think that things are going to be better, much more rational, deeply secular. Whereas hope looks at the evidence and says “it doesn’t look good at all,” says “it doesn’t look good at all.” Says, “We gonna make a leap of faith … go beyond the evidence in the attempt to create new possibilities based on visions that become contagious to allow us to engage in heroic actions always against the odds no guarantee whatsoever.” That’s hope. That’s hope.

Dr. Cornel West

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