Words you will never hear God say, "I expected you to do better."
I am an optimist and how could I not be. Fear, war, death, and financial insecurities only define the empires that human beings create to off-set them. Our hope has never been in political solutions, or bad religious rhetoric or the sales mantras of business principle, or deified technological advance. We build these systems in our mix of longing for the true and grasping for control. As good as our intent, they reflect our self-centered independence as we attempt to justify the ends by whatever means. But I am an optimist and how could I not be! Light and Life were here before creation, and neither has opposing equal, nor has other-centered, self-giving Love within which all has come into being. No one destructive choice, or the mass of them, can stand before the trusting, smiling face of a single child.
One of the reasons that God makes beauty out of ashes is because ashes are what is real and remains when we have gone through fire.