Now that Howard Zinn has left us, it’s time for each of us to tell our own stories, and to make the world’s new history well rounded and more like the history of a whole planet by giving ourselves the permission to express our own ideas about what kind of a world we want to live in.
“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 small a 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
Where have you gone, what have you done, and how have you stood your ground when others told you you shouldn’t? And how did doing those things change the world for the better while allowing you to express your freedom to be the amazing individual you truly want to be?