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Monday, April 03, 2006

"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. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. 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."

- Howard Zinn, "The Optimism of Uncertainty" (from The Impossible Will Take a Little While)
My, my it's been a while hasn't it? A year, maybe more? i don't blame you for compleltely ignoring my nlog, or even if you've removed me from your list. And really, don't take this post as a sign of resurrection. Random Collisions isn't pulling a Lazarus. it's just that the quote above is lovely, and I thought you should know about it.