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.
Okay, I’ll bite.
I see your point. Although removing hope sounds almost sinful.
What word would you use instead of hope?
In a previous post, I wrote:
In the Declaration of Independence, we read: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson’s pen did not write: We hope these truths are obvious.
To its credit, there is not a single utterance of hope or any other passive word in this magical document that the Founding Fathers bestowed upon posterity.
Also, one might say, I “trust” or I “pray” that your journey will be a safe one. At least we are then committed to action words, leaving insidious hope behind us through awareness.
I trust this helps.