My blog’s address “arosewithin” is from the novel The Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. The line was simple yet lovely.
“She lived by a light that arose from within.”
‘I Promise Myself’ is from a work entitled The Optimist Creed which is essentially a handful of guidelines on how to live a supposedly better life. As you can see, the use of the word ‘supposedly’ already shows that I am not following the guidelines and have yet to change my hardened ways as a pessimist.
The title of my very first entry is the last promise of the series. It reads, “I promise to live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, as long as I am true to the best that is in me.”
The notion that the world is rooting for me seems nonsensical and implausible. For the longest time, I believed my existence would amount to absolutely nothing. I would leave no mark on the face of this planet from the day I was born to the day I die.
But now, I have hope.
I have six billion people on my side. Who could possibly stand a chance against me and my army?