We have the power to believe where others deny, to hope where others despair, to love where others hurt.
Not only do we have the power to be positive, forward looking and progressive, we have the right and having the right we also have the obligation., the duty. Backward thinking, recidivism and regression are negative qualities of human thought and behavior, cave dwelling. A stop sign is a temporary pause, not a turn back sign.
It seems the world is filled with nihilists and deniers. If they had their way we would never have established nations of laws, survived the plague, sailed across the ocean, grown crops on New England land, established a new country, saved Europe from mad destruction and flown to the moon.
Right where the denier says it won't work and can't be done, right at that very place is where the progressive thinker is needed to change from a bad attitude to a right one. Arms must be taken up because the negative thinker will do anything to prove his opinion. Light must be defended against darkness and allowed to shine. Ropes must be climbed, cliffs scaled, life lines let down for the weak, ill and confused. With knuckle rapping discipline those who maim and murder must be educated. Compassion must be poured on the victims of the world. Healing must be found and applied. We must never relapse into places we escaped from, into worn out ideas we discarded, into the darkness of despair. We must never give up.
Shakespeare (my main man) wrote "Impossible be strange attempts to those who weight their pains in sense." Negativity thrives where no one can see the alternatives. "Where there is no vision the people perish" says the Bible (another great book). A negativist wail tell you it's foolish to have utopian ideas. That sort of pessimism is the enemy of progress. "I have a dream" said Martin Luther King, Jr.
We have the right, the power and the duty to be positive, to draw the best from the past without returning to it, the live joyfully in the present with expectations of good and to visualize and proceed confidently into a better future.
DB - The Vagabond