Today, President Obama talked about a different garden that needs tending.
And so I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes:
What is hope? It is the presentiment that imagination is more real and reality less real than it looks. It is the suspicion that the overwhelming brutality of fact that oppresses us and represses us is not the last word. It is the hunch that reality is more complex than the realists want us to believe, that the frontiers of the possible are not determined by the limits of the actual, and that, in a miraculous and unexpected way, life is preparing the creative events which will open the way to freedom and to resurrection.
...So, let us plant dates, even though we who plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what we will never see.
- Rubem Alves