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Thursday Nov 06, 2008

Buying into Hope

Now that hope has again been resold to the American people as if it had substance and meaning, I suggest that each one of us examines hope—which is, ironically, one weak passive word. This is fertile ground for me, and the understanding may be new to you.

Remember the Greek legend of Pandora and the box she was warned not to open? When her curiosity prevailed, she opened it and unleashed all the ills of the world upon mankind. But Pandora opened the box a second time and released hope, which was to heal man’s ills.

If the gods had included well-being in lieu of impotent and deceptive expectation, we could then, as the master had said, all live in fulfillment instead of hope.