02 Aug '11, 12pm

Along with despair, are victories and emerging possibilities. You can see them if you keep your eyes open:

Along with despair, are victories and emerging possibilities. You can see them if you keep your eyes open:

It's hard for me not to get distracted by victories that matter. There are not nearly enough of them and they're not on the scale I ... well, hope for, but they are evidence of what's possible. Sometimes they're tiny. There was a traffic accident the other day in my hometown, and the local newspaper said that the doctor who was killed was married with children. A day or two later, a bigger feature made it clear that the deceased man had left behind a husband as well as two children, and I was pleased to see that, amid a private tragedy, what was once extraordinary is now ordinary. Victory sometimes seems so quotidian that you have to look twice to notice it. And if you're not careful, you'll forget that heroic toil over so many decades transformed the world, making the impossible become ordinary.

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