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Memo To The Species

“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.

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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.

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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

– You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A personal history of our times,

p. 208.

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