Friday, January 29, 2010

Ask Everyone Else: What is Hope


It's been a while since I polled the studio audience (you) with an interesting question. We've about doubled our readership here in the past month, so it's time to give this another try.

What is hope? Is it a thought? A feeling? Does it require effort to develop? To uncover? Do you feel it consistently? How would you suggest someone find more of it?

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope is fleeting.

fsfsdaf said...

hope is the absence of fear

Anonymous said...

Are trust and hope the same thing? Belief?

Edahn said...

I personally think they're extremely related, yes. Trust that the future will be manageable, or just open to possibilities is pretty much how I think of hope. Do you think they're the same?

Anonymous said...

I believe that hope is born out of trust, compassion and love of yourself and humankind. I like how this guy defines hope...
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/sherwin_nuland_on_hope.html

Anonymous said...

Edahn, I do think they are all related (trust, belief, hope), but because of my life experience, I feel that I have hope, even though I don't really trust or believe. Does that make sense? Or don't you believe you can have one without the other two?
A.

Anonymous said...

To further clarify, I have hope in the future, I enjoy life, for the most part, although it has taken anti-depressants to get me there, but the hope comes despite lack of trust in humanity, even though I believe in its good, at least on the surface. Analyze that twisted logic!
A.

Edahn said...

Hm. Well I don't think you need to trust in humanity. I pretty much don't either. That's just being realistic. I think, instead, that you have to trust that you'll be okay with whatever comes. Even if humanity is a bastard, you can cope with it and find your (inner?) niche to be amused and content.

Edahn said...

So I think hope is connected to a feeling of closure. You let go of the past and beating yourself up and open yourself up to the possibility that life could get better. You could find that knowledge through analysis or through contemplation or just straight humility. But you can't victimize yourself and think the whole world is out to get you and that you're inherently damaged. That takes guts and pride.