Our current time is shaped by painful social issues and deep division fueled by news reporting and social isolation. At a time when we have the ability to strengthen or limit any viewpoint with the click of a mouse, our personal experiences are often shaped not by efforts towards deeper understanding but by polarization. The emotional impact on many is often fear, despair and/or apathy. At this time, it is essential to move beyond a passive hope that waits for positive circumstances to arrive and to develop the skills to grow an Active Hope that enables us to open our eyes to realities, and make an active contribution to one issue. Constructive dialogue provides an opportunity to develop core social skills, overcome isolation, and connect to others to make a difference. (Source: Joanna Macy, Active Hope, 2012)
At this time of painful social issues, it is essential to move beyond a passive hope and make an active contribution.