Hope “is not prognostication.  It is an orientation of the spirit, and orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. …  It is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. …  [Hope] is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  ~ Vaclav Havel, the dissident Czech writer who became his country’s president after the fall of the iron curtain, differentiating between hope and optimism.

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