A future worth hoping for—a future worth working for

In his novel Les Misérables, Victor Hugo tells of the terrible plight of the many poor and homeless people of France in the early 1800s and of the ongoing human struggle for freedom, equality, and dignity.

At one point, Hugo writes: "Will the future ever arrive? ... Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold, lost as it is in the depth, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds."

Overcoming giants
October 17, 1988

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