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A Correspondence on Hope: Letters between a Student and a Professor

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I do think the electoral system at the national level is a hopeless situation. I may cast a vote for Jill Stein, but I am well aware she has no chance of winning. I hesitate to do even that, since by voting I am giving legitimacy to a corrupt system. I think the system is rigged by the power elite for the power elite. It is structured that way so that no one who challenges the system will be allowed in. JFK was the last one to do so because after being elected--after getting in--he underwent a spiritual conversion and turned toward peace; so they killed him. His conversion was miraculous. He is a true martyr for peace.

I find great hope in his example, despite his assassination. He inspires me by his example, as do others such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Gandhi, and Robert Kennedy. Of course they were all killed, but killing a man doesn't silence him and can't eliminate the power of the spiritual force he brought into the world.

What I'm saying is that though the political world situation seems so bleak, it isn't totally so. There are great people alive today and others who have gone before us to inspire us. One who has inspired me was Fr. Daniel Berrigan, who died in the spring. When I attended his funeral in NYC, I felt the power of his inspirational witness in all the great people who were there. And there were many of them. People who care for the world; fight injustice and war and carry on and on. They don't give up. Let's call it truth power. I believe it's the most powerful force in the world. I think it's spiritual and is contagious.

I get discouraged, for sure. Everyone does. I get down. But I believe with Gandhi that God is truth and truth is God, and I feel the spirit of God in my life. I always have. That's me. I know there are others who may not believe in God or are agnostic, who also feel the same way about being inspired by others who fight the good fight. But you asked me why I don't lose hope, and God is the primary reason why.

There are other reasons as well--my family and my obstinate nature being two. I have always felt the need to fight against bullies and injustice and have been a rebel from a young age. Since I was very young I have been obsessed with truth, and I have come to realize that it was God obsessing me and to be true to my deepest self I must never give up or give in to hopelessness. Also, I enjoy living what I believe is my vocation. It energizes me. I feel I am responding to a call.




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Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, I am a former professor of sociology. My writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. I write as a public intellectual for the general public, not (more...)
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