I think we’ve been given a false choice between the story of hope and the story of doom. The false choice is that they’re both true.
And so this false choice between the story of hope and the story of doom misses that the combining of the two – a story of authentic, painful struggle worth having – is the story that ignites hope. It ignites hope because we embrace the struggle and the pain, and we don’t run from it.
…. people ask me, ‘What story would you tell for the new paradigm’? And I tell them, you can’t tell a story that hasn’t happened yet. The way that we frame this story is by living it. So to live a story that combines hope and doom is to walk courageously into the pain of loss, knowing that there’s something worth doing that for. And the best way to do that is to have something in the future that you love, that you cannot let be lost… And as we do it, we’ll discover that not knowing was an essential piece of living it.