Usually related to education, philosophy or society, I write these to give form to some of things I grapple with. If they can spur on debate and reflection so much the better.


On Hope

Why is it so strange that, when reading a good piece of literature on the subject of hope, I feel deeply touched? Or that, conversely, I feel unmoved? More precisely, why is it that the latter feels more natural than the former? Rebecca Solnit talks of the puritanical spirit which infuses the cynic in us with the satisfaction of being right “because the somber pleasure of condemning things is the most enduring part of that legacy, along with the sense of personal superiority that come from pleasure denied.’ It’s easier to be cynical, and see your worldview being validated in the news, than it is to be hopeful, and have to work towards a better world while putting up with cynical voices shutt

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