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I have hope in us

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Writing prompt: What gives you hope? And what, if anything, makes you question hope? And what makes you question your questions of hope?

I have hope in us, the people, because we have the power to make changes. What makes me question ourselves is our indifference.

As long as things go our way and we receive our paychecks, many of us are happy and not that eager to challenge the status quo. When we seek shelter in our comfort zones and get so absorbed in ourselves that we turn a blind eye to what happens elsewhere, to the point that we don’t even inform ourselves of what’s going on, we are on the quick path to indifference.

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiezel often talked about the extremes of indifference. In his powerful speech Perils of indifference, he said that by being indifferent we reduce others to abstractions.

The beauty of comfort zones is that they shake and we are challenged to rise to the occasion. Which we do, time and again.

Remember the TV pictures of the Romanian dictator Ceauşescu on the roof of the Central Committee building in 1989, trying to calm the angry crowd below? As he realized that the people no longer wanted him, you could see the uncertain look on his face. Soon after the helicopter took him away. A true high-five moment of humanity that shows our potential.

That’s just one example that makes me believe that there’s hope for us afterall. As long as we don’t give in to the seduction of indifference and become passive bystanders to the world events. In terms of perspective, an occasional turmoil in our comfort zones is not all to the bad.

I’m confident that one day the rest of world’s political, religious and military dictators and lunatics will be gone, fired by the people, us. The sooner, the better.


Written by Solveig Hansen

January 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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