“We do not define ourselves with optimism, but with hope.”

Taken from ‘The Importance of Hope’ lecture found here.

Synopsis: Alastair references his book, “Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition” considering that politics alone is not enough to tackle the scale and depth of the problem that faces us. We have become addicted to false aspirations and become weakened in our authenticity. Such hubris leads to violence not just against one another, but to the Earth. We must therefore fight climate change in all the outer ways, for sure, but also, we must seek to rekindle the inner life. As such, there may not be many grounds for optimism about what our mainstream society is likely to do about climate change, but there is considerable scope for hope – hope in the gradual restoration of both ourselves and the human condition in general.