What is the solution to humanity’s divisions, and what role does identity play in this process?
Context is invaluable, authentic empathy leads to reconciliation, and assumptions of identity are unnecessary and dangerous. Brooks takes it a step farther on the prior, asserting that even rooting too deeply down in one’s own identity, or at least isolating yourself within it, is equally dangerous.
The authors would disagree on the role of hope. One is literally focused on the relationship between hope and redemption, while Morrison denies the rationality of hoping. She cites our tumultuous history in regards to nuanced thought and inclusive action promoting diversity and combating hate and ignorance. However, she addresses the presence and importance of the grace, beauty, and harmony available to everyone, which to me signifies some acknowledgment of the importance of hope.