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What gives you hope?

This year in my Environmental and Resource Management class, we looked at a lot of global issues-both socially and environmentally-that are making big impacts in our lives. (peak oil, climate change, deforestation-anything along those lines) My teacher thought that it would be a good a idea to end the semester on a positive and productive note, looking at the things humanity is doing to improve global well- being. We researched different technologies and movements that are helping us move towards a brighter future. Outside our classroom, we received answers such as education, random acts of kindness, and active citizenship. So... in a time of such radical social and environmental change, what gives you hope for our future?

  • Jul 10 2013: what gives you hope for our future?

    A very very large comet coming our way - some says it seems like the only solution :)

    I do find it laudable that your teacher ends it on a positive note, and so will I. Young people are the hope as they are the ones, who see past the corrupt practices of the past, (see the latest ted videos) who care about the planet, who change the way we think, who disavow unsustainable policies and business practices, who look for real alternatives, and show concern and care for all peoples of this planet, regardless of race, creed, color.

    They truly are our last hope. You truly are our last hope. I wish you all the best, godspeed.
  • Jul 3 2013: My source of hope is ordinary, everyday people showing signs of wisdom

    People walking or bicycling instead of using their car.
    Gardeners eating their home grown vegetables.
    People suffering to quit smoking.
    Puzzled children asking why some grownups are still destroying the environment.
    City councils choosing to do the right thing rather than the economical thing.

    I think our cultural values are slowly changing for the better. People who see no signs of hope are refusing to see.
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    Jul 3 2013: My hope for the future lies entirely in Jesus Christ. This life is greatly enhanced by the hope of everlasting life, but is over all too soon. To have assurance that our death is, in reality, our birth into eternal life with our creator cannot but give us hope.

  • Aug 2 2013: Having an advantage...
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    Jul 19 2013: .
    The increasingly knowing what invalid (harmful) happiness is
    gives me hope.
  • Jul 7 2013: Thank you all for your comments! The range of answers have been so eye-opening, coming from many perspectives that I didn't even think of when I was forming the question. Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. :)
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    Jul 7 2013: Even though we are overpopulated, this gives us an advantage in this way: it means that the number of people who are lateral thinkers, who are mappers not packers, and who know how to learn, is likely to be much greater. I think that the number of people who are emotionally mature is growing. These things give me hope.
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    Jul 4 2013: Hope? What is your definition of hope?
    Hope is a blindfold that denies a person the right to be responsible!
    Hope is for tomorrow, where the issues of living are urgent, today, here-now.
    Hope is the dream of the powerless, of despair, of the abandoned.
    We don't need hope, we need responsible living!
    And we will only discover responsible living through self-knowledge.
    Self-knowledge begins with Honesty and results in Authenticity.
    The two are one.
    Authentic living is responsible living.
    But this does not profit anyone.
    So we live superficially, inauthentic, soul destroying.
    So we lie. And hope is also a big lie, because it blinds us from the present urgency of change.
    There is always tomorrow. So we leave it for another day.
    Thus superficiality perpetuates.
    I will be honest tomorrow. Today I tell lies because it is profitable.
    But lies breed fear. The conscious becomes out of line and sync with the subconscious.
    Then we are separated from the Universal.
    And we rely on Hope...
    • Jul 6 2013: Responsible behavior and hope are completely compatible, there is no inherent conflict whatsoever.
  • Jul 4 2013: My personal view is:
    Hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. And be happy no matter what!
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    Jul 4 2013: Human race has never been static, that gives me hope.
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    Jul 4 2013: What gives me hope?

    The belief that soon we will have birth of a new idea or a new philosophy that will lead us to a better future.
  • Jul 4 2013: Since you asked, and it's my two cents and it ain't worth much to anyone else:

    I have found hope, and completely believe hope to be, a false idea or concept.
    I believe it is just another lie humans worship.

    Nothing is accomplished by hope and hope is an act, thought or desire that is rooted in "not knowing".
    It also means "not doing".

    This always has struck me as somewhat funny and ironic concerning those I have known throughout my life who believe in God. They have usually told me how much they hope there is a God.
    They hope for the best. They hope God will work it all out and so on, as in, "don't give up hope, there's always hope."

    I have learned in my life, that for me my empirical evidence is thus:
    Don't worry. Something good will happen.
    If it doesn't, don't worry.
    Something bad will happen.

    I don't hope. I trust what it is I know. That isn't much, but it also takes care of everything I don't know.
    It takes care of what happens and what doesn't happen.

    However, I have to admit that nothing is perfect. I once told someone that I don't believe in hope and their response to me?
    "Well, I guess there's hope in that!" I had to smile.

    Is that true? Well, I suppose it is in some small sense but not enough for me to give myself or my life to hope.

    I strongly believe one should come to know what it is they believe in, otherwise, to me, they just hope.

    If it's real, when is it real? When it comes true? Hoping the plane won't crash? All 400 on board? But it does and they all die. Wasn't their hope real? If it's not real in that sense, what is the sense in hoping? Don't or didn't they have something else much better they believed in to rely on? Apparently not.

    What if one person on board was hoping the plane would crash? Was their hope more real than that of 399 others, who were honestly, sincerely and religiously hoping God or the pilot or something, somehow, would save them?

    Yet they still crashed. I assume their hope was false, because.....hope is false.
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      Jul 4 2013: Dear Random,
      Thank you for sharing, & being so honest. You are right, of course. Hope for it's own sake is a pointless exercise. Too many folks are ready to put a brave face on, but in the end, sickness & death have the last word. I remember thinking that, if things got too hot, then suicide would be a reasonable option. I still have little time for hope that is founded on hope itself. I am a practical guy, I like to know how things work in reality.
      I gotta say, I set out to debunk the bible when my wife started taking an unhealthy interest in it. I couldn't really fault it, but it was more the creationist stuff that got to me. As I looked at nature from a biblical perspective , instead of a humanist perspective, everything fell into place. I am now more certain of a literal benevolent creator god that Dawkins is of the contrary. Not 100% I grant you, but if I'm wrong then it's of no consequence.
      All hope is not the same .

      • Jul 5 2013: Hi Peter.
        thank you for your response.
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    Jul 4 2013: The generation next always gives me hope.
    My own dream of a better future gives me hope.
    The advancement of information technology combined with global connectivity gives me hope as it enabled exchanges of thoughts, ideas with ease speed .
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    Jul 4 2013: The young give me hope and surprisingly climate change. The general consensus of it's agreed outcome gives me hope.
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    Jul 3 2013: A revolution in the currency system.
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    Jul 3 2013: This is a wonderful question!

    Things that give me hope:

    Children who are concerned about the state of the world.
    Cities investing in bike lanes and public recreational areas.
    Seeing neighbors, who have never recycled before, starting to put out recycling bins for weekly pickup.
    Schools adopting anti-bullying programs, especially those with positive reinforcement tactics (like acts of kindness awards)

    Also, I recently spoke with one of my former middle school teachers. She told me about a booth she worked at a garden event in her small town where she spent the day educating visitors on monarch butterflies and giving away milkweed.
  • Jul 3 2013: Children.

    The ability of men to learn.

    The power of nature to adapt and overcome.
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    Jul 3 2013: I am answering the question: "What gives you hope for our future?" My hope for our future is rooted entirely in God's immutable truth as revealed in the Holy Bible. Thanks for asking for my personal opinion.
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    • Jul 4 2013: We have both public and Catholic school boards. In the public system, there is a lot more of a focus on World Religions and diversity. Elementary students learn a little about religions from around the world around the holidays, but high school students can take World Religions. Thanks for answering my question! :)