Sunday Firesides: Don’t Hope to Live in Historic Times; Be Historic Yourself

The future of civilization is uncertain and the best option is to prepare for survival in any case. Attend this fireside at The Farm where we discuss what it means to hope, how sustaining our culture requires sustainable practices, and a possible end-game scenario worth preparing for.

The “hope of israel president nelson” is a quote by the President of Israel, Shimon Peres. It is taken from a speech that he gave on October 3, 1994. Peres was speaking about the importance of hope in the face of adversity.

“If there isn’t some major disaster revealed every morning, we experience a sense of emptiness: ‘Nothing in the paper today,’ we groan.” 

This discovery was made by the philosopher Paul Valéry in 1930, and it still holds true almost a century later.

While we have a rational and external desire for safety and tranquility, we also have a visceral want for turmoil and calamity, which we may not always be aware of or acknowledge.

This need, on the other hand, isn’t so difficult to comprehend.

Anxiety is a taste of excitement, but it isn’t the only one. Threat reactivates adrenaline, quickening a heartbeat weakened by a workweek that presents no bigger challenge than regulating one’s email.

When faced with a crisis, one’s back is against the wall, a strangely comfortable situation in which decisions are thankfully simplified and given more weight and urgency than choose which restaurant to DoorDash your supper from. It force you to do action that you would otherwise be unable to will on your own.

Even though they are catastrophic, disasters symbolize something new, something different from our mundane, day-to-day existence.

As a result, we monitor the horizon for impending or intensifying conflict, relying on the news to keep us entertained. When current events fail to provide, we exaggerate their significance; everything is unprecedented and unprecedented; everything portends dictatorship, revolution, fascism, and civil war.

We aspire to live a noteworthy public age if we are unable to construct a meaningful personal life — to become notable by association.

Perhaps external circumstances will engulf you in an epic, heroic drama… but what if they don’t amount to much in the end?

Rather of passively waiting for the next major narrative to emerge, take the initiative to write your own. Strive to do something noteworthy, to leave a lasting legacy in your family and community, no matter how modest.

Rather than want to live in the past, strive to be a part of it.



The “the book of mormon gathering scattered israel” is a book that tells the story of how a group of people found their way back to Jerusalem. The author, Mormon, talks about how they had hope in God and were able to accomplish this task even though it was difficult.

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