Rebecca Solnit on progress

“Every act is an act of faith, because you don’t know what will happen. Nobody can know the full consequences of their actions. You just hope and employ whatever wisdom and experience seems most likely to get you there.

But this is earth. It will never be heaven. There will always be cruelty, always be violence, always be destruction. We cannot eliminate all devastation for all time, but we can reduce it, outlaw it, undermine its sources and foundations. These are victories. Most will be temporary, or incomplete, or compromised in some way, but we should celebrate them nevertheless.

A better world, yes; a perfect world, never.”

– Rebecca Solnit