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I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.

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You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.

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When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important.

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Someone who does an act. In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist; that is, you participate. It could be a letter written to an editor.

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Then I had to go see the couple,' who are not members of his parish, but he was praying for them. It was pretty tough.

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With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.

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I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility. People can connect with each other. I think people are ready for something, but there is no leadership to offer it to them. People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are part of a world.'

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But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.

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I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored.

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I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.

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We are the most powerful nation in the world, but we're not the only nation in the world. We are not the only people in the world. We are an important people, the wealthiest, the most powerful and, to a great extent, generous. But we are part of the world.

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If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.

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