Hope – essential and dangerous.
[ 10/11/20 ]
What do we mean by hope.
Anyone who has done any Landmark or EST work will have encountered the phrase “Hope is the gold plated turd”.
That phrase seems to me to be the single biggest error in the entire framework, because it over simplifies and conflates several very important sets of distinctions.
Certainly there is a sense in the idea that hope alone, without any form of evidence, is dangerous.
Yet there is a far deeper and more important sense in which hope is essential.
This is the sense in which one can hold a conviction that something other than the current phenotype one is experiencing is possible.
If one is to create real change in reality, then one must be able to create and hold this sort of hope, and do so at multiple levels.
One needs to be able to see as much as possible of what is present and real, and at the same time one needs to be able to see what possibilities are available from that starting position.
If one cannot see the possibility of something better, then a form of resignation sets in, and one does not do the hard work necessary to make change happen.
So there is a form of hope that is essential.
We need to be able to conceive of a better situation when doing so is required, and we then need to use this “Hope” as a guide and a driver to do what it takes in reality to transform reality from what it is now, to what it might become.
This form of hope, a sense of there being real meaningful possibility in the potential present in existence is essential for any form of long term creativity.
So there is certainly a sense in which hope alone, without action, can be a “gold plated turd”, a form of wishful thinking without impact on reality.
And there is another form of hope.
There is the form of hope that is in fact a possibility that might be created, and that form of hope can allow us to keep doing the very difficult things, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, that does, eventually, create the otherwise highly unlikely.
There does not seem to be any limit to the levels of possible existence of this positive form of hope, nor any limit to the levels of strategy and action and cooperation possible to create such otherwise improbable things.