What motivates us to act in the world?

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Nonprofit Staff - The Role of Optimism and Idealism

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The latter part of the discussion was definitely the most interesting. Once the discussion became a debate, or questioning, of what it means to be optimistic and where optimism comes…

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My Optimism

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Reading

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Chinese poet and essayist Shao Yanxiang was born in 1933 in the Zhejiang province of China. During the mid-1950s, Yanxiang became critical of the new China and began publishing satirical…

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Song of the Shirt, 1941

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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), founder of the Algonquin Table (an influential group of New York City writers, critics, and actors that met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel) and…

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Old Woman Magoun

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Mary E. Wilkins Freeman began writing in the 1880s. Much of her work concerns the daily realities of life in the provincial New England towns of that era. She is…

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Three Questions

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What if there were a way to be certain so one would "never stray in any matter"? Leo Tolstoy—one of the giants of 19th century Russian literature—begins his story with…