On the bus ride to work this morning, I was listening to the podcast of a sermon given by Rob Bell, in which he quoted Cornel West, a Princeton University religion professor. When asked in an interview by Rolling Stone magazine if he was optimistic about the future, West replied:
The categories of optimism and pessimism do not exist for me. I am a prisoner of hope. I am going to die full of hope.
Wow. That’s the kind of hope I’d like.