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Hope or hopeless?
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Reading through a different thread made this thought cross my mind. I was just wondering what others' opinions were.

Is there hope in this world-- in this day and age? In a place that's so easy to find condescending, oppressive, frustrating, judgemental, and where just one play by fate could irrevocably ruin one's life. Where there is still a large part of the world that is under-developed and stricken by poverty and famine. I don't mean for this topic to be religious or anything, but I am curious:

What makes you hopeful? What are some things that you can find hope in? And conversely, do any of you view existence in this world as condemned or hopeless and why?

Personally, I find hope in nature. I apply many different tactics of escapism to my daily life, but connecting to nature in a meditation sort of way makes me hopeful. Dreams of love make me hopeful as well, but that's a more personal matter.

Also, if this is a duplicate, feel free to close this thread as I did not take the time beforehand to check.
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Absolutely, there's hope.

I have hope because I'm still alive - without proper medical care, I would've been dead several times over in the past decade. The fact that they could keep me alive tells me the same treatments can be used on others, and that's fantastic news, to keep us going until better treatments are found.
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MakotoKamui wrote:

Absolutely, there's hope.

I have hope because I'm still alive - without proper medical care, I would've been dead several times over in the past decade. The fact that they could keep me alive tells me the same treatments can be used on others, and that's fantastic news, to keep us going until better treatments are found.


That is certainly a good reason to be hopeful! Sometimes, I find existing mundane and boorish myself. But that's only when I'm thinking too critically and am feeling the lowest of the low.
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There's always hope.

Things that make me hopeful are things that my friends do for me or what I do for them. The small things that everyone can do mean a lot. Same with when I get injured, I always hope that I'll be fine. And I always get better.
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There's always hope.

Things that make me hopeful are things that my friends do for me or what I do for them. The small things that everyone can do mean a lot. Same with when I get injured, I always hope that I'll be fine. And I always get better.


Oh, yes! Friendship, of course! How did I over look that one myself? I couldn't live without my bromates. And also the little things. It just seems that those "little things" are getting harder and harder to come by in people. At least, that's only what I've observed personally.
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This was the question for my SAT essay... I said that hope is there if you want it to be. It will always exist if someone in the world wants something. This means that in all of the everyday disarray and chaos, when life comes crashing down, you will always hope for something better.

As an anime watcher, I am always hopeful for that one amazing, supernatural event to occur to start my own adventure (like in anime). Even though I know it's impossible, humans have had impossible feats that change people's lives.

I find hope in everyone... Through anime I have learned that people change from the things they experience and ultimately will change for the better, thus helping the world even by just a little bit. The smallest difference can begin to snowball into a giant movement that could change the world.
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jingwu192 wrote:

This was the question for my SAT essay... I said that hope is there if you want it to be. It will always exist if someone in the world wants something. This means that in all of the everyday disarray and chaos, when life comes crashing down, you will always hope for something better.

As an anime watcher, I am always hopeful for that one amazing, supernatural event to occur to start my own adventure (like in anime). Even though I know it's impossible, humans have had impossible feats that change people's lives.

I find hope in everyone... Through anime I have learned that people change from the things they experience and ultimately will change for the better, thus helping the world even by just a little bit. The smallest difference can begin to snowball into a giant movement that could change the world.


I couldn't agree with this more. This wasn't really for me, but for everyone just to get different angles on the subject-- and this is a great one!
Posted 8/26/13
I wrote a long essay about this somewhere before on a different question.


But it went something along these lines:

"Our (human) body is very special, because there are millions of processes occurring in our body simultaneously, if you think about it, ions exchange, thought process, enzymes, protein creation, waste reduction, cell divisions.
Our brain has the ability to create so many things; a story, an artwork, a musical composition, a poem."



Basically, my body gives me hope for living. My brain has the ability to create so many magic, even as I'm typing these strings of words, I feel awed by it. Just because every other human can do these things doesn't make it any less special. No other animal species can communicate using words.



I mean, if you can't appreciate your own body in a scientific manner or the arts, it's hard to relate to what I'm saying...

I know a lot about the human body and I'm just awed by what it can do.


P.S. Just to be clear, I'm an atheist and I believe life occurred naturally.
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People are my hope its because people can do amazing things as we advance in society the more hope I have that one day the world could be at peace or at least like an anime dibs on dragon slaying magic
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

I wrote a long essay about this somewhere before on a different question.


But it went something along these lines:

"Our (human) body is very special, because there are millions of processes occurring in our body simultaneously, if you think about it, ions exchange, thought process, enzymes, protein creation, waste reduction, cell divisions.
Our brain has the ability to create so many things; a story, an artwork, a musical composition, a poem."



Basically, my body gives me hope for living. My brain has the ability to create so many magic, even as I'm typing these strings of words, I feel awed by it. Just because every other human can do these things doesn't make it any less special. No other animal species can communicate using words.



I mean, if you can't appreciate your own body in a scientific manner or the arts, it's hard to relate to what I'm saying...

I know a lot about the human body and I'm just awed by what it can do.


P.S. Just to be clear, I'm an atheist and I believe life occurred naturally.


Wow. That is a very different angle that I never thought about before! Interesting. And it's fine if you're atheist; I'm agnostic, myself. Very awesome input
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For my own sake, I suppose I should clarify. I started this topic on my tiny iPhone 5

I don't necessarily find hope in nature... But rather that I am inspired by nature. So, in a way I suppose it does make me hopeful.

I like to call myself an observer. I love to watch and analyze. Be it nature or people-- interactions and reactions. Despite how dismal society can seem, I love to watch people in order to see the good in them. Like miss Creampie11 stated above, it's the little things that I look for-- in everything.
Posted 8/26/13

My_Little_Brony wrote:

Wow. That is a very different angle that I never thought about before! Interesting. And it's fine if you're atheist; I'm agnostic, myself. Very awesome input



Yeah, I just don't want to be confused for a theist (which has happened numerous times before) whenever I say "the human body is amazing and magical". Because I speak figuratively, not literally.
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I had a dream about hope last night, wow coincidence.

It was hopelessness, I had hope my dad would live cancer, that hope was crushed. I no longer trust doctors or hospitals.

I do have hope, but it is not in the medical field. It is in bioengineering and robotics, hell I trust in alchemy more.
Posted 8/26/13
Hope in what context?
Posted 8/26/13 , edited 8/26/13
Hope is the pillar of the world
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