Mark and I spent Sunday afternoon at University Hospital. Not for reasons of health but for the opening reception of the annual members' exhibit of PhotoMidwest. After I walked all the hallways where the work was hung, I wandered around on my own for a bit while Mark talked photography.
That's when I saw this piece of artwork, one of many in the hospital's large collection of art that makes the building more welcoming than many such facilities. This particular piece is made of carved and frosted glass that is backlit so it glows. It drew me like a magnet to take a closer look. Here's what it says:
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief
that human history is shaped.
Each time a mans stands up for an ideal,
or acts to improve the lot of others,
or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."
— Robert F. Kennedy
. . .
I was stopped in my tracks at how these words might have been written for this very moment. Instead they are from what is known as the "Ripple of Hope" speech delivered by Senator Kennedy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa on June 6, 1966. There is more to the above quote than would fit on the artwork and it is worth sharing:
" . . . he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each
other from a million different centers of energy and daring
those ripples build a current which can sweep down
the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."