The Evolution of Hope

Facebook likes are now being used by potential employers to see if you are a good fit for their company. So I add the like button to all those cute surveys and ego-boosting personality tests and share-this-or-you-are-guilty-of-not-caring posts to my user beware list.

Now this does not mean I won’t like something. I do like the prospect of peace, prosperity, and social justice. I like intellectual people. I like science. Oh, there are so many things I do like — cookies, cats, dogs, horses — animals and plants. I like writers and artists and creative people. I like our planet and would like to visit every corner and see every marvel. I love people from different cultures, religions, ethnicities, ages, sexes, and economic groups. They add depth and joy to my life.

But I’ll be up front about this. I don’t like sticking my head in the sand when it comes to climate change. Nor do I like passing laws that prohibit teachers from checking the science in text books. I don’t like dumbing down US students and citizens. It’s a way to control us.

I don’t like racism, bullying, ignorance, power-mongering, tunnel-vision, inflexibility, or violence. I don’t like hypocrisy. But I do realize we as a species will always have to deal with these issues because we are still evolving emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. I like evolution. It gives me hope.

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