This came into my email from AVAAZ. I thought I’d pass it on.
In 2016, hate was given hope — but now we take it back!
From terrorism to Trump to Syria, it was a rough year. But hidden by all the darkness filling our screens, there’s a simple, beautiful, truth:
The world has never been in a better place.
From poverty to literacy, the rise of women and fall of deadly disease — on virtually every metric — the world is better off than it’s ever been. It’s a powerful reason for us all to have hope, and rise to 2017.
So to kick off the new year, here’s a video of 10 beautiful reasons to have hope — let’s share them, add our own, and together give the world a million reasons to hope in 2017:
Even on the environment, we’re winning epic progress on everything from historic ocean conservation to an unstoppable revolution in clean energy!
Political extremists and divisive zealots thrive on fear and desperation. That’s why they try to convince us that the world is falling apart.
Master trolls like Trump and Putin have even hired vast armies of both real people and fake “bots” to hijack our social media with smears and lies about how awful everything and everyone else is, except them. (this is true! see sources below). What better way to answer them than a million new year’s posts about what gives each of us and all of us hope:
Let’s take this dose of hope, and let it fuel our determination and that of our friends. Because in 2017, together, we rise.
Ricken, Pascal, Bert, Emma, Mike, Fatima and the whole Avaaz team.
PS – This new year’s reflection feels so important, for each of us, and for a world that is at a tipping point — between love, hope and wisdom, and fear, anger and ignorance. Here are 5 points of reflection that might be useful for your reflection this year:
- 1. Yes,
things are serious
- . A new autocratic world order (60% of Avaazers believe even a second rise of fascism) could threaten everything we love.
- 2. But this is also
a tremendous opportunity
- . Humanity, like each of us, learns best from mistakes. Much of our greatest progress has been catalyzed by crisis. If we meet this moment right, we can emerge from it stronger and wiser than ever.
- 3. We need to be strong, and to challenge the forces of regress. But let’s not be twisted by the darkness and act from fear and anger.
We are warriors for love
- and wisdom. We must act from that light.
- 4. When we do come from love and wisdom, we can see that
our ‘enemy’ is not so much any people, as it is unwisdom
- . Misplaced fear and anger. Lack of awareness and understanding.
- 5. These are age-old foes of our people. Our grandparents faced far worse with far less, and they won progress.
We have every reason to hope
- , and no excuse for despair.
And lastly – all the forces present in our world are present within us. Fear and love. Hope and despair. The choices we make in our personal lives shape our world through billions of acts of kindness or cruelty, wisdom or foolishness. All we can do is our best. Let’s hit that mark this year :).
99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year
How a Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda to Americans (New York Times)
Invasion of the troll armies (The Guardian)