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A hope note

Hope is a dangerous thing.
Andy Duphrane, in ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ is in prison for allegedly killing his wife. One day he got into the warden’s office, locked the door, put a record on the record player, turned on the prison sound system and blasted opera music over the whole prison. All over the prison yard, hundreds of men froze and looked up toward the speakers on a pole.
Red, Andy’s best friend, narrated: ‘I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. I like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments every last man at Shawshank felt free.’
Andy later told the other inmates: ‘You need music so you don’t forget that there are places in the world not made out of stone, that there is something inside that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch that is yours.’
Red offers this poignant commentary: ‘Hope ‘ let me tell you something, my friend ‘ hope is a dangerous thing.’
Hope is dangerous because it calls into question what we are doing with our lives. It unsettles our normal, our status quo.
Hope doesn’t resign itself to the way things are. It makes us loathe what is loathsome and long for something more.
Hope is dangerous because it emboldens us to change.

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