"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That’s the opening sentence of Charles Dickens’ bestselling novel "A Tale of Two Cities." The author was describing the period of the French Revolution in the late 18th century, but he could just as well have been talking about our time — or any other time, for that matter.
Of course many modern cynics reject the idea that our era could in any way be construed to be the best of times. They obsess on the idea that ours is the worst of all the worst times that have ever been.
Here’s my request: Even if you are one of those cynics, be rebellious and come up with five reasons why this is the best of times.
If you like, you may balance your testimony with a litany of why this is the worst of times.
More from Dickens:
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness …