Finding Hope in Times of Despair: New World is Possible

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    • #315271
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      “For me, I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

      – Winston Churchill

      We are living in seemingly very dark times. I don’t need to tell you that. You know. We are all living through a pandemic… The pandemic is being used, moreover, as an occasion for the super-rich and their friends in government to seize what they had yet been unable to steal from the rest of us. The pandemic is hitting African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans particularly hard, and our rulers seem elated by this fact, and thus willing to let the virus spread as it will. Meanwhile, the threats of nuclear holocaust and global warming continue to threaten our existence. Just to add icing to the cake, we are now being frightened with the prospect of “murder hornets” taking over.

      At the same time, the pandemic has forced us indoors, cut off from our friends, family members and the very political comrades who we could join with to take to the streets to protest the horrible injustices we are now witnessing. Truly, these are dire and perilous times.

      But in the midst of all of this, I see good things which keep at least a flicker of hope alive in my heart. I hope that you, dear reader, can take some hope from some of these things as well…

      Here in the US, there are also strong signs that the majority of people want a different country and a different world. Thus, a recent poll shows that a whopping 70% of Americans support Medicare of All, a clever name for socialized medicine. In addition, while our government clearly is willing to sacrifice people’s lives on the altar of what it calls “the economy” — what it really means, of course, is the terrifyingly exploitative system which benefits only the few superrich — most Americans do not want to make this tradeoff, instead desiring a continuation of lockdown and social distancing measures in the interest of saving lives. Meanwhile, we have been witnessing incredible acts of social solidarity amongst Americans who have found ways to help the most needy amongst us survive during this time, including with massive food drives which are staving off hunger for millions.

      What I see is a country and a world which is mostly good and decent, capable of great acts of kindness and solidarity, and yearning for something better. It is that which gives me hope. Yes, we are up against a lot to create that better world we so desire. But we are in the majority, and we are in the right. We must take hope from this. Indeed, we don’t have the right to despair or to give up, for this would mean ceding this world and our children to the greedy, the cruel and to the stupid. This, we cannot do. It is our duty, therefore, to try to survive, to thrive and to remain hopeful against all odds.

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/12/finding-hope-in-times-of-despair-new-world-is-possible/

    • #315273
      ThouArtThat
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      @coldmountaintrail

      Hi cmt,

      Expect the best – Prepare for the worst.  Hopium by itself is wasted energy.  Preparation based on courage is the antidote to Hopium.  The world is what it is.  Best to develop fortitude and courage instead of wallowing in sentimentality and emotionalism.

      TAT

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "In a Time of Universal Deceit - Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act."
      - George Orwell

      "They must find it difficult ... Those who have taken authority as the truth,
      Rather than truth as the authority."
      - Gerald Massey

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

    • #315276
      elias39
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      we applaud, laud our selves because we made it through (most of us anyway) a tragedy of life and expectations. I suppose we’ll do that again as we work through this pandemic and the social upheaval. @coldmountaintrail I don’t mean to rain on this OP because your heart’s in the right place, or should I say the author of the article’s heart is in the right place.But this bothers me:

      “It is our duty, therefore, to try to survive, to thrive and to remain hopeful against all odds.” Our ‘duty’? ‘Remain hopeful’?

      I’ve been in a very dark place lately esp when I hear – and I can’t recall at the moment who said it – but that the winter upcoming might be one of the darkest periods in our history. Well fuck you very much. And yeah, I’m beginning to get a little anxious – mostly about the food situation. I’ll plant about 3,500 sq ft of garden for vegetables this summer. Because I’m paranoid. I’ve thought about chickens but I have zero experience and it would require some building. I’m beginning to consider trying to live without (or with a lot less) meat. You can store adequate protein in canned goods in winter.

      Ah, but I see I’m running on. It’s an optimistic article. But I’m becoming less optimistic as a 68 year old who adores 5 grandchildren, his wife (though she’s in a second marriage – to her phone) my 2 ever-loving dogs.

      • #315286
        Cold Mountain Trail
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        I’m not immune to anxiety myself, but I refuse to live in the kind of crackpot realism sponsored by TPTB.

        Money is the measure of all things, dog eat dog, suck up to power to survive, everyone and everything is doomed…

        what kind of life is that?  who wants to live in that world?  it’s a cockroach life.

        yeah, that’s what people call “realism”

        bullshit on it.

         

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      elias39
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