hope over fear; Cardinals over Steelers
Religiously liberal folks talk about living from hope, as opposed to living from fear. Approaching life from hope is better for our physical and emotional well-being, and it is better for the situations in which we participate. This has many applications, from church budgets to interpersonal relationships, from justice work to individual spiritual practices.
This weekend, it also predicts the Super Bowl. The Arizona Cardinals operate from hope: with their amazing wide receivers, virtually *every* play has a hope of scoring. The Pittsburgh Steelers operate from fear: their defense was statistically the best in the NFL. While I generally root for the Steelers (as long as they are not pounding--er, playing, my Browns), this weekend I expect the hopeful Cardinals to beat the fearmongering Steelers, 27-17.