Finding Hope In Hopelessness

Whenever I think of all the horrible things going on in the world today, I think of Japan. The only country to suffer the dropping of not one, but two, atomic bombs.


I imagine that in Japan in August, 1945, it could be hard to think that there would ever be a time where, say, two middle school girls sit on a bench talking about who’s in love with who and their translation of a foreign song, with no worries in the world.

I know Whisper of the Heart (1995) is just a movie — and, it’s not based on a true story — but images like the one below give me hope for the future.


Because: If Japan can rise like a phoenix from the ashes — if its anime is anything to judge by — than America, and the rest of the world, can too.

One of the many lessons Whisper of the Heart teaches me is: This isn’t the end.

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A lesson I have to remind myself of every time I watch the news…



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