The following was written by Lonewolf – a board administrator and main contributor to the Sustainable Living & Common Sense forums.
Shaking the Muse’s cage (aka ‘talking to myself’ – again):
Contemporary Hopes that kill (no particular order)
Hope that the oil flows continuously faster and faster, so that my ‘ toys’ and whims become ever cheaper (‘life’ easier) with time.
Hope that Life is convenient and without conflict at the personal level – (all the rest are just on TV anyway, I have a ‘fresh’ battery in remote if ‘needed’.)
Hope that by doing the same thing(s) over and over, I will eventually achieve the results that I expect (wish, want).
Hope that my future will blossom with the same level of effort, thought, skills, and comfort I maintain today.
Hope that (other) people will finally learn/choose to just get along and do the ‘right’ thing most of the time.
Hope that the climate stabilizes to the benefit of continued human expansion (exploitation).
Hope that the Earth’s biosphere can heal itself whilst 7+ Billion humans continue to rape and plunder every possible resource.
Hope that Man will learn to consider seriously the Law of Unintended Consequences.
Hope the the Laws of Physics can be overturned by the collective whim (prayer) of humanity.
Hope that rationality prevails over panic in the event of (local) conflict/chaos.
Hope for Rapture (me good person, you bad) – (aka Hope that ‘my God’ is indeed a wrathful, vengeful God who destroys those who disagree with me).
Hope for my personal ‘salvation’ from belief in an judgmental infinite Deity of Death irregardless of my own worthlessness.
Hope that compassion and understanding (of others, never me) overwhelm selfish material greed at the ‘heart’ of present reality and all of human history.
Hope that my God will consume (smite) your God(s) – forever and ever.
Hope that rationality and foresight will emerge and florish to dominate the ‘affairs’ of man.
Hope that ever increasing levels of complexity will resolve the manifold challenges presented by complexity.
Hope that my dependency on ‘civilzation’ is an illusion I can continue to ignore.
Hope that the future will be a slighter more intense – but ‘better’ – version of today.
Hope that what I’m doing right now makes any positive difference in my future at all.
Hope that my sh*t doesn’t stink up my own house.
Hope that out of sight, out of mind is as practical a strategy in future as it has been so far.
Hope that by denying/ignoring a (any) problem (aka reality) actually makes it go away – forever.
Hope that not standing in the direct path of the oncoming train shields me from the shrapnel of it’s collision with finity.
Hope that ‘other peoples problems’ will not become my own (but that I may still watch them suffer on the nightly TV news, if I choose).
Hope that digging faster and ever deeper gets me out of this damn hole – and soon.
Hope that the current ‘system’ keeps me alive because I’m too selfish, stupid, lazy and greedy to even consider actually doing so for myself.
Hope that eternal (ultimate) meaning of my life will be gleaned from my temporal interaction with matter and conversion (‘consumption’) of energy.
Hope that solutions to all my problems will be found in application of the same ‘type’ of thinking (and effort) that created them.
Hope that fusion reactors come online before the oil wells sour and pucker.
Hope that corn for biodiesel will grow in abundance with only direct solar gain (energy) inputs.
Hope that Avian Flu (or other cliff calamity) brings about the demand destruction necessary to allow me to continue my life as before.
Hope that my neighbors remain calm (docile) and collected (civil) as their children bloat and scream from hunger.
Hope that my garden over floweth forever and the well never runs dry.
Hope that my investment portfolio forever expands my capacity to extract/acquire/consume/possess.
Hope that the hordes will not notice my stash after the lights go off.
Hope that China and Russia just shrug when Israel nukes Iran.
Hope that my FRN’s continue to magically multiply in fractional reserve fantasy-land.
Hope that as the collective toilets all flush, I can somehow not be caught in the sucking vortex.
Hope that this life is not merely a private singularity (aka existential ‘black hole’).
Hope that the struggle for existence makes sense to me some day (actually, ‘yesterday’).
Hope that my government is not lying to and manipulating me.
Hope that since falling doesn’t hurt, that the impact of crashing civilization won’t (too much) either.
Hope that commercial ‘effort’ (aka profit motive) has my best interest at heart and will act responsibly (for me).
Hope that the ultimate fate of ‘my civilization’ is miraculously a variance with every other that has come before.
Hope that when (as) the dominoes fall, gravity will be suspended – at least locally.
Hope that if I don’t change (or even care) that my world (my circumstance) will get better (improve for me) anyway.
Hope that the giant cosmic hoax is merely prelude to my enlightenment (I need do nothing but wait for this to be given to me).
Hope that refusal to take personal responsibility for my life/existence won’t bite me in the ass (that someone/thing else does this for me).
Hope than Peter Pan was right and that the Big Bad Wolf blows down someone else’s house (of cards).
Etc., ad nauseum.
Hope is not happiness. Nor satisfying, meaning, purpose, fulfillment, growth, expansion, doing, living – or even rational (aka sanity, consciousness).
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The Dalai Lama
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ~ William Shakespeare
The crusty curmudgeon – Lonewolf
Main Entry: hope
Part of Speech: noun
Synonyms: ambition, anticipation, aspiration, assumption, belief, bright side, craving, daydream, dependence, desire, dream, expectancy, expectation, faith, fancy, fool’s paradise, gain, hankering, hopefulness, hunger, longing, lust, optimism, pipe dream, pretension, promise, promised land, prospect, reverie, rosiness, sanguineness, utopia, wish, yearning
Main Entry: hope
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: dream about
Synonyms: anticipate, aspire, assume, await, avidity, believe, depend, desire, expect, fantasize, feel, have faith, hold, long for, pray, presume, rely, suppose, surmise, suspect, sweat, trust, watch and wait, wish
NONE of these are “Be Here Now” (real, vital)
To hope is (perchance) to dream, Dreams are fantasy aka hallucination, head trip, imagination, pipe dream, trip out, …
Hope is the veritable antithesis of Being
Updated – Admin. Lonewolf is the first person to coin the term “hopium”.
Do you understand? Hope isn’t real and has nothing to do with the real world we all live in. A great deal of ‘hope’ exists, which simply isn’t, can’t lead anywhere because it has nothing to do with the real world. It’s empty air – if even that.
Why does hope exist? Because there has always been someone else to take care of you. What happens when that stops? Or when you are suddenly and rudely required to take care of yourself? Then it is “reality time” where the rubber meets the road and you sink or swim. You move beyond ‘hope’ to ‘reality’.
Or you don’t and you lay there and die because hope doesn’t actually offer you anything except an ethereal belief that is intangible, unproductive and insubstantial. Hope won’t feed you, clothe you or carry you to safety.
From the The Auschwitz Alphabet, “H” is for Hope, the hope that kills –
Despite the madness of war, we lived for a world that would be different. For a better world to come when all this is over. And perhaps even our being here is a step towards that world. Do you really think that, without the hope that such a world is possible, that the rights of man will be restored again, we could stand the concentration camp even for one day? It is that very hope that makes people go without a murmur to the gas chambers, keeps them from risking a revolt, paralyses them into numb inactivity. It is hope that breaks down family ties, makes mothers renounce their children, or wives sell their bodies for bread, or husbands kill. It is hope that compels man to hold on to one more day of life, because that day may be the day of liberation. Ah, and not even the hope for a different, better world, but simply for life, a life of peace and rest. Never before in the history of mankind has hope been stronger than man, but never also has it done so much harm as it has in this war, in this concentration camp. We were never taught how to give up hope, and this is why today we perish in gas chambers.
Hope lies to you. Hope reveals your dependency upon everything other then yourself. Hope is deceiving you into believing that you are going to be able to embrace a ‘better world’, somehow, magically, it will come to pass – without your direct involvement. Hope treats you like a child and not like a man. Hope presumes everything it knows not and derides everything that it should know.
Hope prevents you from self-liberation and self-realization. Hope keeps you oppressed, victimized and unrealized.
I hope this floats your boat (finally) and you understand what your hope really is and where it’s going. Without YOU – it’s going to be your death sentence.