— Sam Levenson
— Robert M. Persig
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I love this quote because it summarizes how I feel about trying to change the world for the better. The challenges are grave, but amazing people are everywhere doing their best.
When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. — Paul Hawken
— Catherine of Siena
This is mad deep. Many people of faith may sometimes feel a reflexive need to defend their religion from perceived attacks. These reflexes often lead to an overreaction to the perceived attacks. Reminding ourselves about how quickly we can create idols out of our faiths is a sobering thought.