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Climate despair

Great meeting some of you in Tucson.
It was quite obvious that there were far more people at a session on climate despair on Friday afternoon than there was at our eePro meeting.

I wonder what folks with our interests in the spiritual/religious domain within EE might have to offer those concerned with despair? Our traditions offer both hope and direction, gleaned through centuries, to counter despair.

Within my tradition, many are aware of Rabbi Tarfon's exhortation in a tractate called "Wisdom of the Elders": "You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it..."

The psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his short book Mans Search for Meaning, that, based on his experience of life under totally extreme circumstances, no matter what situation we are in we can find meaning in our life, even if not hope for the future, “by creating a work or doing a deed; by experiencing something or encountering someone; and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering” and that “everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances”.

As educators, despair is not our business...