Hope in the dark

It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.

 

“The grounds for hope are in the shadows, in the people who are inventing the world while no one looks, who themselves don’t know yet whether they will have any effect…”

Rebecca SOLNIT

I wish it were true for me too…

Via Brain Pickings…

„Life doesn’t frighten me at all”, a poem for children by Maya Angelou. An audio exists with it read by the author. 

The 1993 gem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, conceived and edited by Sara Jane Boyers, pairs Maya Angelou’s simple, strong words with drawings by legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose signature style of child-like fancy and colorful emotional intensity offers a perfect match for Angelou’s courageous verses.

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I’m afraid at all
It’s only in my dreams.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.

 

Opinia unui teolog

„… unii teologi, născuţi în familii protestante, nu au ajuns să-l cunoască pe Dumnezeu potrivit învăţăturilor Scripturii. Prin urmare, faptul că s-au născut în familii protestante nu înseamnă că şi sunt protestanţi, după cum faptul că un român se naşte într-o familie ortodoxă nu-l face automat ortodox, lucru valabil şi în cazul catolicismului. Deci, nu ne naştem nici protestanţi, nici ortodocşi, nici catolici – de fapt, nu ne naştem creştini.

Devenim creştini, iar dacă experienţa convertirii la creştinism (ortodox, catolic sau protestant) nu se numără printre trăirile noastre, atunci cu siguranţă vom gândi şi acţiona potrivit unor valori care sunt oricum doriţi să le numim, doar creştine nu.”

Corneliu Simuţ

Cine are urechi de auzit, sa auda. Necesara punere la punct. 

„Nimeni pe lumea asta nu se naşte creştin. Cu toţii ne naştem oameni păcătoşi.”