Reem Masri

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Why is it that against all odds we still hope? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

I think the question's quite simple. Whether in cases of unrequitted love, illness, failure, etc...we sometimes convince ourselves that this sadness, grief, helplessness will not be forever. I'd like to know your thoughts about hope. :)

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    • Feb 7 2014: I believe in the spiritual view that thinking creates reality too.

      The way that I understand hope is that it is a form of craving along with fear of not obtaining that craving. If we can create intention with out traces of fear (accepting the outcome, whatever it may be), it will help us prevent despair and the cyclic nature of hoping.
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    Jan 10 2014: I don't remember if it was a quote from a movie, a book, or something else, a hope is a very powerful thing that keeps us moving. Without hope, there is no reason to keep working on whatever it is we aim for.

    If you're told by the doctors you only have 50% chance of recovery from an illness, are you going to rely on the 50% chance you're going to recover or the other 50% chance that you're not? Hope gives you a reason that somehow, if you work hard towards your desired end, you can make it. Sometimes you make it, sometimes you don't.

    Having a hope to begin with, gives us the boost to strive toward making that hope into realization.
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    Jan 21 2014: If hope is attached to change, then it is a rational statement. If hope is related to avoiding something, then it isn't rational. Against the odds, is a gambling statement. Is hope a gambler? Or is it that we think we are so special that we can defeat the odds?
  • Jan 18 2014: Without *hope* the human spirit would give up/die....hope keeps us going when everything else around us seems to be falling apart, it is an inbuilt resource to keep us going against all odds.

    It is a gift from God....hope is the *unseen* expectation of change to a certain circumstance.
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    Jan 16 2014: I'd say hope is a good thing. Hope about unsolved problems leads to innovations and solutions. Hope about someone's condition leads to optimism in you and will most likely transfer to the person with the illness, which should help them in their possible last moments. Now that I've written those examples actually, I'd say that hope *and* action is a good things, but hope without action is a bad thing. Hope should hopefully (no pun or whatever intended) lead us to action which will produce results (some of the time), but if hope is thought of more as a crutch, a reason for inactivity, it will not produce any positive results.

    Thanks for the question!
  • Jan 13 2014: Glad you asked.
    I don't believe in hope. It is a false belief IMO.
    Hope is just an expectation (even by definition), and it is something humans need to learn to let go of.
    Believing in false things is never good for reality, sanity or saneness of mind and a peaceful world.
    When someone hopes, it is because they don't know, so they hope.
    In my experience with others, this occurs especially when it concerns their foundation beliefs, which are shaking or have been shaken.
    When this happens people find out they don't really trust what it is they believe in and thus learn they really
    don't know what it is they believe in. So they fall back on hope.
    I have found that one should come to know what it is they "believe in" and once one does this,
    there is no doubt, no worry, no fear, because one "knows".
    If one is fearful, then they don't trust what they believe in.
    If one worries, then they don't trust what they believe in.
    Thus, they really don't believe in it.

    In my experience, I believe in what I know and knowing is a very different thing than hope or faith.
    Both hope and faith are not wanting to know and not wanting to have to do anything.
    But when one knows, then they can do.
    Don't worry, something good will happen.
    If it doesn't, don't worry. Something bad will happen.
    Are you all right? Of course, because I have something that I know.
    Now I don't know much, but what I do know, I trust, don't worry and don't fear.
    I have one thing in my life that fits that and it takes anything and everything that challenges me
    and reduces it to the size of a tiny drop of water just before that drop goes, "BING" and disappears.
    Nothing is done by or with hope, nor by faith.
    Well, maybe but it is really action that does things and I find knowing to be a better way than hoping or
    having faith.
    But the quick answer to your question, from me anyway, is that people have been brainwashed to believe
    and rely upon false ideas and concepts, mainly to stop them doing. That is why they hope.
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    Jan 12 2014: The many thousands of people who have been healed by the Placebo Effect shows the power of both hope, and the beliefs that go with that hope.
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    Jan 11 2014: Hope for a better future has achieved far greater good for humanity than misery and despair. Most great feats are only achieved after a long while of persistent effort; a hopeless person would give up after a few appearances of failure.

    It is good to hope in a better future; and the time to hope is NOW.
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    Jan 11 2014: i think there are a couple of default human settings that are designed to help people cope with the harsher aspects of life - hope is one of them.
  • Jan 10 2014: Evolution favours hope.
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    Jan 10 2014: We always need something to motivate us. To keep us moving, trying to reach a target, fighting etc.
    As we know, not everything deserves our trying, but we need to pay this hope in somewhere. (like the heat produced in your body and you have to get rid of it.)
    And ... It is a really good thing. If you never think about it again, so lose your faith to your non-logical hope. In other words, this hope is even more important than the logic itself!
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    Jan 10 2014: I think hope comes from experience (knowledge that things evolve and change). We are more hopeful if we have more experience of recognizing our own agency in change. Hope helps us overcome fear of taking risks and helps us to make decisions from a perspective of abundance rather than scarcity.
  • Jan 10 2014: There have been times in my life where I have asserted to myself that my experiences are teaching me not to hope. Each time, in eventuality, has lead me to the realization of the ultimate destination of such an assertion; apathy. If we fall into hopelessness, even though we might justify it pragmatically, we eventually stop caring about things, left only with the foundational ponderings of our youth to guide our ambitions away from the raw and meaningless pursuit of success in the eyes of the world.

    In short....hope makes things meaningful.

    Another thought I've had is that hope is necessary in everything we do. Save chance, we need to hope in something before we achieve it. If we believe the endeavor is hopeless we aren't even likely to start it. It's a hard concept to word, but I'll elaborate on it if asked.
  • Jan 10 2014: I recall reading a passage in a book saying that hope is as much a weakness as despair. It is better to clearly examine the situation you find yourself in to decide upon a practical course of action.