How do you find hope in the world? In general, I suppose, and also specifically right now.
I am finding hope in the state of Texas, of all places. Beto didn’t win, but his coattails caused enough of a change in the state legislature that the bathroom bill didn’t get discussed much less voted on (last legislature it almost passed), they didn’t vote on a draconian heartbeat bill punishing women unlike the rest of the south and much of the Midwest, and although an anti-voter bill (SB9) passed the senate it died in calendars in the house. Activism– all those people campaigning for Beto– caused change. That gives me hope that the more we do, the more we fight evil, the more terrible policies we will keep from happening. In places that are already limiting the right to vote, those of us with privilege need to fight with and for those without.
I also find hope in how (relatively) quickly the perception of LGBTQ people is changing for the better, and how there are more and more LGBT rights are being legislated, and are being discussed as obvious. Matt Baume is a source of joy and inspiration. What he reports on is not always happy (see: military bans), but he does a great job of providing historical context and hope for the future… along with a nice dose of humor. (I am enjoying his book on the road to LGBTQ marriage, Defining Marriage.)
I find hope that the majority of people still believe that women should have the right do control their own bodies and that we should not treat minorities poorly because of the color of their skin of their ancestry. (In fact, being “pro-life” aka forced birth right now is not something people want to admit in polite company. They frown at us as we protest, but they don’t say anything.) We still want to be good people. We still want to do the right thing. Even in the face of Bond villains. And yes, in the short term it’s not been enough, but without the resistance things would have been far worse– they’ve tried to make things much worse and had to back-off.
I find hope and inspiration in Wandering Scientist’s weekly actions. And in swingleft and indivisible and racies texas and the ACLU. And the spirit of the resistance. The ability to slog through even when things seem to be getting worse.
Doctors without borders recently sent me a totebag and a note that I should be finding hope in how much better the developing world is getting in terms of disease, which is true and is something that John Green finds hope in. I still did not send them money because any nonprofit that wastes money sending me a totebag unasked for is not one I want to encourage. (John Green also finds hope in third tier English soccer, which… me not so much.)
So, although it is trite, I find hope in actions and in the actions of others. Viva la resistance. (*French —> Spanish intentional.)
Where do you find hope?