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Imagine you had a perfect lie detector. A device that can read a person's brain waves and tell exactly if this person is laying or not. Now imagine you connect someone to this device, and you ask the test subject to say just anything. Just a statement that can be either true or false, and the subject says, "The machine will now show that I lied". What will the machine show? Lets leave this question hanging in the air for a moment and go back about 60,000 years, to somewhere along the southeast coast of Africa. There is a small group of people there. A family of humanoids of the kind, "Homo Sapiens". They are walking northward in a journey that will take their descendants to all corners of the planet, and eventually to its moon and beyond. They are the forefathers of all of us. Their friends that must have thought they were crazy for believing that there is where to walk to, are all extinct. And think of some of the descendants of this walking family who sailed in small boats to New Zealand and Australia. What could possibly make them believe that they will get somewhere and not fall from the edge of the world? Hope is built into our genes. It was favored by natural selection for 2000 generations at least. It is natural for humans to be hopeful, just as it is natural for birds to fly and fish to swim. Back to the lie detector. What will it show? It will show that the subject lied. This is because what lie detector really check is weather we are using our imagination or not. Logically, of course, it's a wrong answer, but the lie detector would show the same about any predictive statement. Ergo hope is a lie, but so is despair. They are both attempts to predict an unpredictable future. This is why many people rather be pessimistic, thinking that if their prediction will be wrong, at least things will be better than they thought. They are wrong. They are just telling themselves a bigger lie. Read that again: They are pessimistic because they hope it will make things better for them. They are actually hopeful. So is there hope for hope. I say yes. It makes sense, it's reasonable and it is closer to the truth and therefore more just than fear and despair. And most important, it comes from within, from our human nature. Remember that next time people tell you that their pessimism is more realistic
@patmanmew , thank you. I am going to write a complementary card, called "The case for despair", BTW
This is really deep. I go back and forth on the subject of hope and it's difficult to determine sometimes, but in your case, the example of the lie detector and home sapiens is a good analysis to think more clearly about how and where hope comes in. Great card.