There are a lot of people out there, far better studied and credentialed than I, who are eager to tell you emotionally engaging tales about what’s wrong with the world and who is to blame for our problems. But when I think about my life, I find myself most grateful to those who taught me how to try harder and more effectively.
Anger is easy – and justified also – but staying with anger for a political motive is like still playing music just to try to get dates, when your hair and teeth are falling out! Somewhere along the line we are supposed to transmute our original naive passionate driver into a purer more purposeful thing.
All world-craziness aside, this is the holiday season, so for this episode I thought I would look at hope – and not in some feel-good ‘wishingist’ way. I mean the sort of sensible rigorous and rational stuff that everyone can test for themselves and believe in together, even if they might be skeptical about a whole lot of things – because it really is not only objective but has also proven useful to people across a wide range of experience.
Nothing theoretical about changing the world. Nothing mystical either, unless you count cooperation, humility, compassion, skill, spirit and will as mystical. Yes, enchanting and transformative forces they most definitely are, especially in combination – but they are also bread and butter, every day, right in our face, and simple as can be.