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

Ten Years Later

It was my senior year of college. We had been engaged a month and classes had only been in session a few weeks.

Ten years later, that day seems like a dream, but I remember how events unfolded with amazing clarity. I know parts of my life–like living in Washington, DC–resulted fully from what happened that day.

I intend to spend today in mostly quiet meditation. A lot has happened in 10 years that would not have happened otherwise. I’ll leave it to the wonks and pundits to argue whether or not the world is a better place because of things that happened since.