A four-year survey of Palestinian school children in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem found hope and wellbeing already seriously declining. The situation now can only make it worse.
Made at a time when America was facing crises on many fronts, William Friedkin’s film has profound things to say about humanity and society.
Reliance on the support of others after an accident showed philosopher David Newheiser the power of solidarity. We need a similar sense of communal connection in our approach to COVID, he writes.
Hope begins in a place of despair, in the desire to make things better.
Your background and life experiences seep into the mind’s eye, quietly shaping whether you believe your dreams can come true.
We asked six experts to nominate books that might help us avert environmental catastrophe. Here’s what they said.
There are ways to convey the hard scientific facts about climate change and help young generations adapt in the face of adversity and manage change over time.
Rather than tolerating divisiveness and intolerance, we can and we should embrace this important moment to create a more participatory form of democracy.
How well people exercise their agency will determine the severity of global warming – and its consequences.
Some children and youth find the effects of climate change are traumatic. Taking a trauma-informed approach to education can nurture resilience.
A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.
Five articles on the meanings of hope and how to think about resilience, healing and even joy in the midst of this winter’s bleakness.
The hope we need is realistic – not wishful thinking, denial or delay disguised as naïve optimism.
Rachel Hadas says that despite the cascade of scary news, humans will adapt, as they always have – and provides evidence of that resilience in the literature she loves and teaches.
As the Jewish community prepares to celebrate the High Holy Days, a scholar of the Bible explains their history and why they might offer consolation in times of uncertainty.
A scholar of Greek literature writes why we need to turn to the past to understand the present – and the lessons that Homer’s hero, Odysseus, holds for us.
Hope does not ride alone. It has a companion: anxiety. A classics scholar who is a poet notes that, at what may be the end of a long and dark pandemic year, both are in evidence.
A textual analysis of Joe Biden’s inaugural speech reveals the main lines of his future communication, which will be marked by a clear break with that of his predecessor.
A year of social disconnections, deaths, job losses and political violence may lead some people to feel overwhelmed and sad. A psychologist suggests ways to find and sustain hope.
Understanding our own limitations, and turning to hope, can help us deal with hardship.