What is hope, and where do you go to find it?
Hope is a complex notion that can mean very different things to different people in different contexts.
It has been described as one of the 3 heavenly graces, and it has also been described as the “gold plated turd”.
It seems to me that when hope is part of the motivation that involves creative visualisation followed by actions in alignment with that vision, then it is a powerful force.
And it seems also that when hope is simply delivered as that mix of “desire and expectation” that encourages individuals simply to endure within a system, without taking meaningful action to alter that system; then it has the quality of the “gold plated turd”.
Of the turd I want nothing.
Of the power to create, to bring into being that which had not previously existed, that resides within every one of us – that I want for all. It seems clear to me that the creative power is the result of a vast amount of information being processed in holographic fashion far below the level of conscious awareness; and we can consciously choose to listen to and to see those results, or we can be taught to ignore them and to trust external authority.
I find hope in what seems to be the quantum nature of individuals, in the power of evolution, and within the evolutionary paradigm the power of cooperation.
I find hope in the vast variety I see in individual human beings, and in the infinite potential available to every one of us.
I find hope in our desire to live, and our desire to make a difference in the lives of others, and in turn be enriched by the company of those others.
All these things give me hope that we can create a set of technical, social and political institutions that will empower every individual in exploring their own creativity, and in the responsible exercise of their freedom to be and to grow as they choose.