hope requires expectation,
expectation risks failure,
failure undermines hope
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September 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm
Is it not the tension found in hope, that combination of faith/belief jostling with doubt/unknown, that makes the experience of being alive reality?
September 4, 2008 at 3:25 pm
Hope is pointing to a destination, it’s the ‘carrot’ that gets us to go on the journey, but perhaps the whole point is the journey?
hmm – forgot to change my name.. ^^
September 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm
In my humble opinion, failure is a part of our journey on this plane. My most valuable learning has come from failure. I still believe I am a hopefilled person.
September 5, 2008 at 10:25 am
Thanks all for your good thoughts. But the more I think of it the more resolutely obscure the puzzle becomes.
2 thoughts that may or may not help:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Heb 10:23). How, if at all, do we experience this as true?
“I Feel Much Better Now That I’ve Given Up Hope”. Is this a relevant point?
September 5, 2008 at 11:47 am
Very interesting question…
Nic – I’ve been reflecting on what Campbell had to say towards the end of Sukhavati:
“We’re in a free fall into future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast. And always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. But all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective . . . Joyfully participate in the sorrows of the world and everything changes.”
The problem with hope is that it is, in a way, a rejection of now – in order to cling to something in the future. This thing that will ultimately make me happy – the Buddhist concept of samsara.
Now with regard to the Christian perspective (and the verse you were quoting) – much of it seems to be future based – the myth of a new heaven and new earth and so on. But perhaps that’s just the way we read it. Perhaps hope comes from observing the way things are outside of the human illusion of what it means to be happy – more ‘good’ stuff, less ‘bad’ stuff.
Look at the ‘lillies of the field’… they just are, they don’t spin or weave or cling to some future hope. Perhaps this is the ‘kingdom that is at hand’ – not some future event, but that which is already there, hidden away from view because we’re looking everywhere but here and now.
But – it’s really easy for me to say that with a full stomach and no need to really hope for a better future..
So – I think from a human perspective there’s always this tension (I’m tempted to say ‘between the already and the not-yet’.. ) – between the way i’ve been socialized to see the world, and the way ‘It Is’, between how I see myself, and I AM.
September 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm
“hope is … a rejection of now.”
This is a key point – thanks for yanking me out of the headlights.
But what is “now” – is it the current unjust and unredeemed world? If so, we should reject now in the name of justice and redemption. “Do not go gentle into that good night”.
Or is “now” true authentic being, in which case we should embrace it fully.
(BTW can’t make the drum circle tonight, though I’d love to.)
September 5, 2008 at 1:59 pm
hmm – tough one. It’s a vicious circle. If one thinks of all the wars fought in the name of a utopian ideal, or the crimes that have been commited with the belief that ‘this thing will make me happy’ or the injustice and inequality as a result of the belief that some people are closer to the ideal. One could argue that the very existance of injustice is a result of rejecting ‘now’. Even the christian myth of the fall is about wanting something more – the hope that doing this will bring knowledge etc.
I think it isn’t a case of not being involved in ‘this world’ but rather about acting out of a position of centredness, as opposed to trying to push it to what one believes to be the centre.
I’ll admit that this is more of a philosophy than an actuality, although there are moments where this is experienced. In these moments I realise that it’s not something I need to strive towards, but something that is already there – at the core of being. This is how I understand the concept of ‘eternity’ or ‘enlightenment’.
So I live in these two states/realities. In the one reality I hope to be at a place where I continually live from this centre, and another reality where I know I am there already.
September 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm
Hope is expectation
Expectation spites failure
Authentic hope needs failure
September 13, 2008 at 9:18 am
Thanks for those comments. Gavin – yes centredness is vital, and oft overlooked. Andrew – I like that word spite – cheeky!
September 15, 2008 at 8:49 am
Hope is the spark that ignites the imagination, faith is the fuel that keeps the flame alive. Love drives us to make manifest that which exists in the imagination. As above, so below.
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