loving her defns (just from forward):
hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw awayhope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. when you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes – you alone or your in concert with a few dozen or several million others..hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternate to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists..ideas at first considered outrageous or ridiculous or extreme gradually become what people think they’ve always believe…power comes from the shadows and the margins, that our hope is in the dark around the edges, not the limelight of center stage.
people return to those selves, those ways of self-organizing, as if by instinct when the situation demands it
recognize the radical possibilities that can be built on an alternative view of human nature..
science of people.. we have no idea
if there is one thing we can draw from where we are now and where we were then, it is that the unimaginable is ordinary
ch 2 – loc 545
havel: ‘… either we have hope w/in us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul; it’s not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation…. an orientation of the spirit/heart.. it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons… ..not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for earl success, but, rather , an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a change to succeed.
more power to the imagination.. demand the impossible..
no fear in love..
on radical hope via Maria:
What makes this hope radical is that it is directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is. Radical hope anticipates a good for which those who have the hope as yet lack the appropriate concepts with which to understand it. What would it be for such hope to be justified?