Rash tweets and nuclear tests.
But I still choose hope.
This is an interesting moment to be alive; there is a lot of uncertainly and unrest. I prefer to talk about politics, religion, and current events in person, because I don't find it particularly useful to yell into the social media echo chamber. But I'll talk about hope anywhere. One of the books, "No Mud, No Lotus" by Thich Nhat Hanh is a book that I read years ago, and the reason why lotus flowers keep popping up in my apartment. I find the perspective that only when we have gone through bad can we truly appreciate good immensely comforting. (Probably not unusual for someone who had a near-death experience.)
The other, "Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith" by Anne Lamott, is one that I'm reading right now. It was written during the George W. Bush years. If you're familiar with Anne Lamott, you probably know that she wasn't a fan of that administration. I have found a lot of things from that era to be very timely. Those where years when I personally was much better about living sustainably and consciously, and reflecting back on that time reminds me to "be the change" and keep hope alive.