This has been a rough semester. Following on a rough summer and part of a rough year. It’s a year in which we have seen the deaths of beloved celebrities, shootings of unarmed black men, shootings of police, terror attacks at home and abroad, natural disasters, a constantly rising death toll in conflicts in Syria and Yemen, increased political division. On our own campus we have seen racial tensions, dissatisfaction with the campus climate, the death of a much loved student, a divisive election and its aftermath, a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, and let’s not forget finals—right as the days get increasingly shorter, colder, and drearier.
It is easy to get worn down by all of this. It is easy to despair. To just want to give up.
And conversely, in such an environment, were someone to express a belief that the future will be better, that person would likely be met with some scorn or ridicule. Or worse.
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