To be hopeful…

“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 a small 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

Concern and Compassion

In a nutshell, this was my Tuesday evening:

Just called animal control. Dog in car with windows cracked in shopping center parking lot. It's not blazing hot outside but still too warm.
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Melissa Coursey Hess
Shame on you, irresponsible dog owners. Makes me so angry.
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Melissa Coursey Hess
Now I'm waiting for animal control while my own dog is at home hungry, but not in any immediate danger from the heat.
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Melissa Coursey Hess

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