Hope Is A Foolish Concept

From Wikipedia – Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

There is nothing crueler in life than hope. People hope more than they believe in a divine creator or accept that which is directly in their face. 

Life and the world are cold and heartless bastards. We are indoctrinated to have an expectation that if we work hard, live an honest and good existence, we will be rewarded with something positive. This pollyanna optimism can be the downfall of many. 

Hope does not put food in the belly of the hungry, give shelter to the homeless nor provide clothing for the cold. 

Hope does not prevent cancer from invading a child, stop senseless wars, or correct cruel injustices. 

Hope does not keep the bully at bay, prevent the horrors of war, or stop the hurt of suicide.

Hope gives people a sense of false comfort in bad times, convincing them to believe, that there is a better time ahead. 

If anything, hope leads to even more tragic consequences. Hope is what the cruel promise and that to which the desperate cling. The falsehood of hope damages many and breaks more than a few. Yet, even with direct and mounting evidence that there is no hope, it is still offered by some and believed by too many. 


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I am an independent, self-published teller of tales, an author of scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable.

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Joe

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  1. Hello there 🙂 I don’t know if I agree… hope is a double edged sword, for sure. Hope has both helped me, and driven me crazy. I think that Anne Frank had so much hope, and although she died in the end, her dreams of hope lived on and inspired many others. Hope in some cases is of course an illusion – and can be very harmful. But to say that hope is only torturous, it’s a bit unfair… if people don’t have hope, then they have no motivation to strive and move forward – we would just give up. I hope that my words will reach many people – it’s what keeps me writing and experiencing life, so that I have stories to tell to people the world over. Some take comfort, some are in awe as they are unable to leave their countries (due to financial issues mainly), and others just have a good laugh. Anyways, just my opinion on hope 🙂 have a good day!

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    1. Hi JoJo,

      Obviously, we disagree. I had hope. I strived, I was even successful.
      I watched my hopes and dreams and then my reality falter, fall and fail. I don’t think beyond the moment. I now strive to simply keep pace with the treadmill of life, knowing I will never get ahead, and most certainly aware that if I do not keep that pace, I will fall and die. I am not ready to give up my mortal coils, but don’t fight the inevitable as I had in the the past. My decline has inspired me to write stories of real life. To try and lend voice to those whose voices who are not heard by the world. The damaged, and broken. Those who lost, or in some cases never had hope, and whose only priority is getting to the end of a day.

      I could be wrong. I actually “hope” I am..

      I want the world and life to be better for others. It is just my opinion, that until we face the core realities of life’s problems, and address mental injury with reality instead of platitudes, or worse cerebral chemical castration, maybe, just maybe, people after me will not suffer.

      Thank you so much for reading, and especially, for taking the time to comment.
      Keep writing.

      Joe

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      1. Hey Joe (first time I ever wrote that to someone – normally it’s the other way around 🙈), doesn’t everyone simply strive to get through the day, to “keep pace with the treadmill of life”? Isn’t it also slightly fatalistic to consider that the “inevitable” will happen. If you live in the moment then you don’t think about anything in the future really.

        We are all broken to some extent, but the broken are strongest together 🧡💛

        Stay writing – it’s great reading different perspectives ✌

        Jojo

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