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Two sides of the same coin

“Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion – simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.”

– The Architect (Matrix Reloaded)

I was thinking about how true and deep that statement is. Hope leads you to keep on going even when all odds are against you, it’s what keeps you going even when you’re hardest hit. It’s what you use to overcome apparent logic, it’s what you use to overcome a mountain of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You keep thinking of the little engine that could, you keep your head down and just whisper to yourself “I think I can, I think I can…” and when you reach the top, you have that million-dollar smile and you say “Yea baby I know I can!!!” I mean, once I get going like that, even the Energizer bunny’s got nothing on me.

But on the flip side, it can be a weakness, it can be dangerous because hope can blind you to obvious facts and realities. It can endanger your well-being, and perhaps even cause you to risk self-preservation in futile pursuit of what may be a an unattainable goal.

So between hope and delusion, where and how do you draw the line?


Filed under: Solace

3 Responses

  1. Superman says:

    “Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.”

    -Dorothy Thompson

  2. anon says:

    Interesting stuff

  3. Editor says:

    I was given a quote recently to edit regarding hope and wish. The difference being that when you simply wish for something (tamanna), you never act towards it. And this is established in the balaghah aspect of this word. Whereas with hope (raja’), you act towards it. And this is how your hope is realistic, you see. When you want a tree, you plant a seed with the best fertilizer, lots of sunshine and then hope for it to grow. Therefore when you recognise the steps towards what you hope for and implement them… Your hope can never be a delusion. The only reason people give up on their hopes is because they quit trying.

    It’s in the same way that patience is not a passive state – it’s very much an active one. Or how du’a follows effort.

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