25 October 2005

Optimism

I was reading about the troubles plaguing the Bangalore IT conference and couldn't help but wonder if there will be some light at the end of this tunnel. Narrow minded politicians can only win so many times. There should be some justice for humanity that tries to work hard, excel and progress their own lives and the lives of their fellow men. How can the bad sheep always pull the good ones down all the time ? I stumbled on Jane Hirshfield during this quest and I quote...
Optimism
More and more I have come to admire resilience.
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another.
A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers, mitochondria, figs--all this resinous, unretractable earth.

- Jane Hirshfield

Jane is a former visiting associate professor at UC Berkeley, Elliston; Visiting Poet at the University of Cincinnati, and member of the Bennington College MFA faculty.

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