“Hope means that things are neither steered mightily unto good by an invisible wisdom nor hollowed out at their center by some primordial catastrophe and doomed to fail. Hope means that things are just unstable, risky, nascent, natal, betokening neither an absolute plenum nor an absolute void.”

— Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo a.co/dVzzJ1W

Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb

Vogue has a great interview of Amanda from before the inaugaration.

“The only way to stave off another Trump is to recognize that it always happens. The temptation of anti-democratic cult politics is forever with us, and so is the work of fending it off.”

What We Get Wrong About America’s Crisis of Democracy  | The New Yorker

“The symbol of Christmas—what is it? It is the rainbow arched over the roof of the sky when the clouds are heavy with foreboding. It is the cry of life in the newborn babe when, forced from its mother’s nest, it claims its right to live. It is the brooding Presence of the Eternal Spirit making crooked paths straight, rough places smooth, tired hearts refreshed, dead hopes stir with newness of life. It is the promise of tomorrow at the close of every day, the movement of life in defiance of death, and the assurance that love is sturdier than hate, that right is more confident than wrong, that good is more permanent than evil.” — Howard Thurman source

“Several years ago when I was in Nicaragua, I asked a man if he had time, and he said, “I have the rest of my life,” and smiled. Who of us would possibly say that? That is what we don’t have. What we don’t have is the rest of our lives because we do not even have the now of our lives.”

“Time is exactly what we do not have. What decreases in a culture of affluence is precisely and strangely time—along with wisdom and friendship. These are the very things that the human heart was created for, that the human heart feeds on and lives for. No wonder we are producing so many depressed, unhealthy and even violent people, while also leaving a huge carbon footprint on this poor planet.”

— Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent by Richard Rohr a.co/43XJm0A

The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.

Associated Press

The tweeting is really something astounding. I cannot believe we make politics this way. Can we have a real conversation? Not your tweet versus this tweet. This is what I would say. The medium has its own dangers, but it’s also being used by powerful interests in deliberate ways to make our conversation stupid, to make us respond viscerally, rather than rationally and thoughtfully.

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

“You don’t have to wait for something “meaningful” to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning in joy than you will ever need.” from “A New Earth (Oprah #61): Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle a.co/dzBIRzn

What is REST?

REST stands for Representational State Transfer. It is a set of design principles for making network communication more scalable and flexible.