So are you to say that you have never experienced any level of uncertainty regarding the probability of failure of a given sate of affairs? How are you to be certain that when you start your car to go to work that the ECU in your car will not fail resulting in detonation and catastrophic engine failure? or how are you to be certain that the plane you catch will not crash into to the ground? as you would have seen it does happen. Such things go to show that there are certain things that are part of every day life that are completely out of your control. Here in Australia the situation with Queensland Health's poor handling of the transition to the new payroll system has gone so bad that thousands of nurses have not being paid, some for up to six weeks! sure these nurses would love to get they're pay, but the fact is that it is not up to them. The resent volcano eruptions in Iceland caused thousands of flights to be cancelled all throughout Europe, and sure these people would have loved to fly back home instead of being stranded at the airport for days, but again the fact of the matter is that such things are completely out of they're control.
You say that when somebody hopes for something they subconsciously imply that there is a probability of failure, but this is because there is probability for failure, there is always a chance of failure involved with systems who's constituents are dependent on the actions of parties separate from that of the individual's, and the fact is that such things are part of every day societal life. In fact the only things that do not fail are the universal laws of nature. So to say that there is nothing that has never gone your way would be a literal lie as such a thing would be almost impossible as you would have to spend your whole life inside some sort of quarantine where you have no connection to the outside world, and even then you would have to simply hope you do not develop cancer.
You can certainly live through your entire life eliminating or avoiding situations where the outcome is not in your complete control thereby reducing the chance of failure, but even if you could avoid all such situations, as I said you would still have to hope that you do not develop disease. Besides living a life where you do not take any such risks for the pure reason of avoiding the emotional suffering that comes with disappointment would be a life of opportunities well waisted. You would be living your life like a fragile egg wrapped in cotton wool.
Is your shell really that thin that you cannot cope with a little disappointment?
This word along with plenty others such as faith, believe to me are meaningless .
[...] there is nothing that doesn't go my way. When I say that I want something, I always find the way to get it without infringing any harm on anyone.
Imo "hope" is the driving force of society, of humans, of humanity. If we didn't have hope, but only pessemism, we wouldn't reach very far, we wouldn't take any chances, and nothing would evolve.
This word along with plenty others such as faith, believe to me are meaningless as they hold a great power of doubt. Personally I do not believe in hope or any other similar words and for the most part have destroyed them from my vocabulary because of its psychological effects that I have seen it do.
When somebody hopes for something they, usually subconsciously, imply that they're is the probability of failure. I live my life without these terms as there is nothing that doesn't go my way. When I say that I want something, I always find the way to get it without infringing any harm on anyone. It such an easy concept for me to deal with as it gives us really great power on our future. What do you guys think of this? If I should clarify something please let me know.
I agree with you that hope can be a symptom of a neurosis, or that at least, can be seen as something of an evasion from effort, but I do not see how hope couldn't be a faculty for the opposite.
If one has no control over a situation, but is still affected by it, this person is certainly much stronger in will to be hopeful as opposed to cynical, or pessimistic. However, if one can become involved in the issue or problem or situation, and has something to contribute, that is, if he has something to say, a hopeful person is much more beneficial. Sometimes hope can drive people to become involved, however I do not think that hope is the word to use for those who decide they have nothing to say. Perhaps a certain level of maturity and acceptance compels them to remain silent, thinking something along the lines of silence is the noblest of mercies, and then wait for nothing, as nothing will happen, but also I think this is rarely the case.
But it is wrong to assume that hope is something we have control of, and when this hope occurs uncontrollably it tends to be a 'better' kind of hope than a forced hope. Hope is extraneous of what is heartfelt, it sort of emerges, it's there, but not intentionally, and therefore I kind of find it disagreeable to use the word quite like in the context you're using it in where it necessarily has cognitive consequences, but plays no role in being a rational one. Better to me, to look at the way hope can be as opposed to how hope is in certain situations and to generalize those situations into an absolute wherein hope is simply wrong.
And to me this opens up a door for what the meaning of hope is. It stems from this very attitude, that we value what can or could be the case as opposed to referring our generalizations, values, principles, (etc.) from simply what is the case, and this is the problem I have with your argument, because it tries to assert that you've transcended hope, yet the attitude behind it contradicts such a thing.
If not hope, what is going to take its place?
thank you guys for all your posts! i appreciate every idea and will think about this for some time now to see what i come up with! THANKS
Thank you for your thrilling response! I will take everything to heart and think about it as much as possible to see how I feel after. Anyways, in regards to your question, I think that if not hope, nothing takes its place. I just really wanted to show how I think words as such usually, as I have noticed in the past, make people work less for that they hope for. I still need to clarify everything in my mind which might take a while but I appreciate the posts and any further ones.
I found it interesting in a book i recently read (The Lucifer Principle - Howard Bloom) the author cited several psychological studies showing that the quickest way to make someone suicidal is to remove hope. Even in hopeless situations, people manufacture things to hope for. It is how humanity survives suffering and hardship. It is a psychological necessity.
I found it interesting in a book i recently read (The Lucifer Principle - Howard Bloom) the author cited several psychological studies showing that the quickest way to make someone suicidal is to remove hope.
It is a wicked thing to deprive men of their hope"