This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.
Chapter 10: Hope and Possibilities
Hope and Possibilities
Our obedience to the demands of justice can bring us the possibility of a far deeper happiness, security and sense of integrity than can any commitment to individual wealth or personal comfort.
It is easy to look around and feel some despair at the state of the world. We can see the pervasive problems and formidable forces that impede our goal of creating a just and caring world. Yet we probably also know that this is not the full reality. If we are to do social justice education, I assume that each of us has our own experiences, theories, and beliefs that allow us to maintain our faith that things can be different.
A sense of hope and possibility is critical for ...