Dictionary meaning hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen”
And that by itself is a trap! Hope is a trap because it has feeling in it. It has expectation in it. It has desire in it.
All of that totally irrational. Doesn’t involve head but only heart.
In our culture we are full of such dichotomies. We have been told for long enough “fal ki apeksha mat kar “. Desire is bad and yet we are also told that we must have a positive outlook towards future. Isn’t positive outlook based on hoping for a better future? And hope has expectation and desire in it?
How does any of this ever work?? I live a life without expectations and am berated for it. I have desires which I know will never be fulfilled so I bury them into an abyss of my mind. And yet there is another part of my brain that hopes. Hopes for many things to happen. It’s in constant conflict with the part that doesn’t have expectations and desires.
When I say I don’t have expectations, I get a weird look. When I say I have desires, I get weird look.
So why do people hope? What is it that they really want? And why do people give up hope?
I think it is a mix of the past we had and the current we are leading. It makes us desire for more. It makes us desire for something better (better is relative). It makes us desire for a transformation. None of it ever happens of course but we keep hoping.
This post comes from a mind that is tired of hoping. This time I am going to let the part of the brain that doesn’t believe in hope, to win.