Hope- a fragile existence
Hope- a fragile existence
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Inevitable though it may be, the disintegration of all that humanity has created has not transpired by the grace of one thought only and that is hope. Hope, as fragile as it seems, is the glue that binds all human endeavour into a continuing state of existence.
All our ideals, beliefs, systems of politics, religion and cultures are fraught with the ineptitude of man, the fact that we are imperfect beings. All expressions of life are therefore at the mercy of corruption and self-gain. Every ideal and the expression of it has a built in obsolescence, a path of breaking down and failure. Our history blatantly reveals this fact in every passage of time. Through systems of rule, religions, wars and oppression eventualities illustrate how this base corruption can break down the most honourable enterprise.
No matter what we do, who we follow or what we believe, there is always someone who acts out of self-interest. This cancer exists in everything we do, perhaps not always clear, but underlying all human ambitions.
With this confronting reality it is a wonder that we still exist at all, have not annihilated ourselves in our quest for greed and power. The only reason we have not is that with our faults we also have visions of a better life; we have hope that life will change and that peace and compassion will prevail.
Hope appears an intangible concept, a thought of little importance, but without it we would probably be gone from our little blue planet. Hope is the one thing that we humans hold on to, to be able to push forward through adversity and envisage a positive future.
We ardently complain about everything: governments, institutions, vilification, oppression, money, conflicts and the like. But in the end we should know that our chaos exists from that fault within us all, that one fact that brings everything to a foregone conclusion. Our struggle for betterment is based on hope, the feeling that if we stand together for what we believe, we can overcome misery and live in peace.
Hope is our life raft, our connection to a positive future, even amid a maelstrom of contention and grief. Regardless of what is happening around us, there is always hope, and without we would be lost.
Positive outcomes can only exist because of hope, because at the beginning of actions and aspirations for betterment, the motivation is always hope, the possibility of success. Failure is inevitable, but so is hope to evolve and in time, overcome.