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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

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