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Submitted by Bob Struble (United States), Aug 22, 2011 at 22:37

Come on, Daniel, how about a little hope? Maybe not hope in the conventional sense. As Vaclav Havel put it in the days when he was fighting Soviet tyranny:

"Hope...is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more unpropitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper that hope is. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." [Disturbing the Peace (New York: Alfred A. Knopf), p.181. First published in the mid-1980s.]

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