The Hidden Wholeness

For a lot of us, hope is a big topic right now, as we wake up every morning to fresh assaults on love, truth, and justice. I’m not optimistic about the future—but I’m hopeful.

Optimism often means shutting one’s eyes to hard realities and taking refuge in wishful thinking.

Hope comes when your eyes are wide open to the brokenness in our world, but you’re still able to see—and actively build upon—what Thomas Merton called ‘the hidden wholeness’ that lies beneath the broken surface of things.

— Parker Palmer

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