It is no longer optional and should not be administered sparingly. It is not an elective but an essential course of study. It cannot be held in reserve or banked away for a rainy day. It needs open space to flourish, to spread and infect others with wild dreams and endless possibilities.
HOPE is now officially an obligation for us all. We must brazenly and foolishly flaunt it like a blinding neon sign that is ubiquitous and unwavering. Broadcasting on every frequency it is a strong signal that cannot be drowned out by even the fiercest of elements.
It is a responsibility bestowed upon us all with the greatest of urgency. We must tenaciously cling to this irrational belief that compels us to envision a better world, yielding it like a broken sword when the odds are 1,000,000 to 1 against us.
Whether it is for a battered earth, politics divorced from humanity, or for the endless suffering that surround us, it is time to brazenly and ruthlessly employ it, going for the jugular of those voices that say "why bother" or "there is no point".
We do this for our children, family, neighbours and friends. We do this because we know there are moments of sublime beauty, of fleeting peace and rapturous laughter that continue to find expression in those dark places where they shouldn't possibly exist.
We do this because we breath.