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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Do we fear to embrace Hope?

A macro perspective will teach us that “life is better today than it has ever been before” (eg, Steven Pinker-2018). A micro focus will teach us that our life is governed by a polycrisis (eg, Bloomberg-2022). When both views are valid then why do most people make a choice for the micro view?

Hence, my question: do we fear to embrace Hope?

Something similar happened during Covid. Most people focused on the c.5% of the world population that fell seriously ill. The small group that focussed on the c.95% asymptomatic virus carriers was ridiculed. Today, the disease is viewed as endemic, similar to the annual flu.

The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine did not result in a World War. I was afraid for that escalation. The allied response does not support a victory by Ukraine; it only prevents a Russian victory. Latter would (probably) result in a new World War. In my view, Ukraine is fighting a proxy World War.

A 2022 diagram of the polycrisis (Bloomberg)

In my view, there is plenty of reason for Hope, even despite the polycrisis (eg, Bloomberg-2022).

The continued high consumer price inflation annoys me – a lot. The record profits of some suppliers amplify my emotions.

Our emotions pull us towards our micro focus.

Only our ratio can bring us a macro perspective.

Actually, I had somehow assumed that Hope is an emotion. I was wrong.

PsychCentral-2022: “Is hope an emotion? While hope certainly involves our emotions, hope itself is not an emotion. Hope is a way of thinking or a state of being. This means that hope can be taught.”

Latter remark is intriguing: “This means that hope can be taught.” Note: bold emphasis in quote by LO.

Who teaches us Hope in today’s society??

Actually, I do not know the answer to that question.

Hope is a pillar in my existence. I’ve never questioned its origin.

Is the absence of a teacher of Hope, the reason why we fear to embrace Hope??

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”

A quote by Brad Henry (b.1963), an American lawyer and politician

Teach Your Children (1968) by Crosby, Still, Nash & Young (1970)
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Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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