At the end of 2021, Nick Cave wrote:
“ Hope and optimism can be different, almost opposing, forces. Hope rises out of known suffering and is the defiant and dissenting spark that refuses to be extinguished. Optimism, on the other hand, can be the denial of that suffering, a fear of facing the darkness, a lack of awareness, a kind of blindness to the actual. Hope is wised-up and disobedient. Optimism can be fearful and false…
This reminded us of the Reverend Victoria Safford:
“ Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges [...]; nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all right.
To hope is to embrace uncertainty. Looking back with gratitude - and forward with anticipated delight - here's our dispatch from the Gates of Hope - in the form of our annual report for 2021.