To be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic.

‎”We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people can change the world. To be hopeful in bad times is not 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…If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.”

– Howard Zinn

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One thought on “To be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic.

  1. Beautifully stated.  Did you know that Howard Zinn was a government professor at Boston University? I took a class with him my junior year–an amazing experience. He was quite radical and outspoken about the Viet Nam war, but the university didn’t dare fire him because he was so enormously popular with the students.  He also launched an education project in later years which bore his name.  love you, Jessie xoxo

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