Monday, February 25, 2008

The Practice of Hope

I ordered a book online last week and it arrived today: The Practice of Hope, Diversity, Discontent and Discourse by Brij Mohan. I was attracted by the title which I ran across in a Wikipedia article related to Critical Theory. Mojan is a professor at Louisiana State University. The book's back cover announces that The Practice of Hope concludes his trilogy on "The Hermeneutics of Hope." Another interesting title...hmm!

I've just begun to read this book. Its pretty blue cover features a close-up photo of the blossoming branches of a tulip tree in spring. The flowers are fuschia and white, a familiar sight to those of us in Middle Tennessee where the tulip tree is a native plant.

At the book's beginning on page 11 are printed the following three quotes:

"Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger." (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet)

"There were no slaves in the caves. It took civilization to create the concept of people as property. The supreme paradox of human progress is that it has brought, along with much light, a deepening of the dark." (Ronald Segal, 1995)

"A global human society based on poverty for many and prosperity for a few, characterized by islands of wealth, surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable." (Thabo Mbeki, 2002)

These quotes may explain my curiosity about this book. I am looking forward to reading it.