It should come as no surprise when I say that that the world, at the present time, is in dire straits. Hostilities among different groups
of people are rampant. Current wars and the rumors of new ones appear to be as abundant as the number of nations on the planet.
Rising food prices and other living expenses are becoming astronomical...and just trying to keep from being mugged, injured or
killed in many cities and places seems almost as difficult as climbing Mount Everest! Considering how bad things are, it is easy to
become pessimistic and agree with Friedrich Nietzsche who wrote...Hope, in reality, is the worst of all evils because it prolongs
the torments of man.
While difficult or dangerous circumstances may make one feel as if there is no hope in sight, as Nietzsche himself may have felt
when he wrote those words, it is vitally important, as I see it, to remember that hope is much more than a simple four letter word.
Hope is, in fact, the only ideal that can make a person believe tomorrow will be better than today.
Because I've been devoting most of my time, as of late, on my literary projects, I suppose it is only natural that I've become all the
more attracted to the accomplishments of other writers. For this SPOTLIGHT in particular, I focused my attention on several such
creative individuals who promoted a general sense of optimism through their written words. Keep in mind that they too may have
been struggling with problems in their own lives when they wrote these thoughts, and may have been unhappy as well with the way
the world was during their time. That didn't stop them from being optimistic. Perhaps such adversities may have even prompted
them to write what they did! Who can say?
In any event, I now present the following gallery of observations. As you stroll along, figuratively speaking, keep in mind that even
though these messages of hope may have been created long ago, they are as encouraging and appropriate now as they were then.
I hope you appreciated what these talented people expressed through their literary achievements. Before we part, allow me to share
the following closing thoughts with you.
As the festive lights of the holiday season once again brighten our world bringing smiles to everyone, try to do your part to keep that
magic alive in the new year. Remember that hope can keep one person...or the entire human race going...when problems appear to
be insurmountable. Believe in your heart that difficult times can be made better, just as they have been made better in the past by
courageous individuals who, in spite of their adversities, kept hope alive in their hearts.
With that in mind, I invite you to join me in spirit on New Year's Eve as I raise a glass and offer the following toast.
To all the good people in today's world who are working hard to overcome evil wherever it may be found...and to the writers and
other creative individuals who are helping to keep hope alive through their positive accomplishments...I salute you all!