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.
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
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.