Hope, Trust, and Dreams…
Like millions of people across the world I waited to know, wanted to hear and see the materialization of Hope, the wakening of a Dream, and the unfolding of Trust. Almost by chance, the day before I finally grabbed from the Goldsmiths Library a very fine and popular book. And less for a chance I have managed to read it all during the night, while keeping an eye at the small red and blue squares on the lower left corner of my muted TV (BBC News), where the American election results were being updated.
It is a book which speaks about Hope and the challenging task of the Sociologists to help bringing this up. That’s what Les Back writes at the end of his ‘The Art of Listening’, quoting from R. Williams:
‘Hope can be found in the in the infinite resilience of people to endure damaged life. This kind of hope is established in the accumulation of small acts that defy division, hatred and mutual misunderstanding, where the counter-intuitive (that is, that people refuse to be defined by the differences that are socially ascribed to them) is intuitive’ (2007:167).
But, what is actually Obama hoping for? And the people who support him all over the world?