It's my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, reflections and recollections; to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic, and, from time to time, personal. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of these changing times and learn together how to shape a positive future for ourselves, our communities, and the generations to come.

Friday, July 15, 2022

On Reality, Hope, and Optimism

Friend Maribeth shared this Robert Hubbell post. Most of it is about his thoughts surrounding the January 6 Committee hearings. Toward the end, though, Hubbell talks about reality, hope, and optimism with regards to the survivability of our democracy.

What I find most interesting is Hubbell’s distinction among hope, optimism, and reality. I’m beginning to see these three as a triumvirate, a troika, or, most graphically, the three legs of an easel upon which the future will be painted – or, rather, upon which we can do the painting.