You got to have a dream

People get so angry and sad. Shouldn’t the world be a happy place?

Life is too short to waste on anger and sadness and resentment. We rage against the machine and rail against injustice — or we try to leave the machine and the injustice alone to flourish without us, so that the hate and anger and sadness don’t burn us to the point where our souls are mortally wounded.

How can we serve as a counterbalance against the anger, not to lash out, but to lift when the world is charging to the depths?

Nourish your mind and spirit with joy and love, and make the world a better place as you can, whenever you can. Be the light against the darkness. The light takes more energy — after all, dark is simply the absence of light, which must be created — but the light heals what ails us, and being a healer is a nobler profession than a destroyer.

My dear mother, faced with the darkness of the world, would sing, “Happy talk, keep talking happy talk …” and I’m here to tell you I remember that song more than I remember any of the dark things that upset her.

And in that song is a truth brighter than any darkness:

You got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?

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