Hope is by far one of the best feelings to associate with in life. It gives us reason to go on when we are helpless. But be warned, Hope can be a dangerous thing. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Hope is the worst of all evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.” This is with reference to the myth of the Pandora’s box. It is said that when the box was opened, all evil flew out into the world, and Hope was the only evil to stay behind. In some translations it flew out last -hence its concealed nature. So is it a good thing at all?

To ask someone to not expect anything from anyone at all is next to impossible. And none the less, Expectation itself is one of the worst evils there is. It leads to all dispute, hatred, and evolves into dramatic proportions. Expectation is what makes Hope evil. None the less, if there is no hope, people will give up. Hope is the fuel that drives all of mankind (until they achieve stages of being saints or sages and have isolated themselves completely from all of the material world).

On a daily bases, we hope that there are no sudden deaths amongst people we know and care for, we hope that none suffers from physical or mental pain and agony, we hope that everything shall end well and we hope that the world doesn’t come to an end. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is a thin line between Hope being a good thing and a bad thing. For the things we face in life -work for them, do hope for the best, but DO NOT expect a promise, a surety, that things will be exactly as you plan/hope, because that is not how the universe works. Things may or may not work out the way you want them to. It is a mere chance, and we can only keep our fingers crossed. Hope is having faith that the dice may lands in our favor while knowing that it might not. Hope is driving strength from the minor possibility that things shall work out while knowing that they might not. Hope is not a promise for a better future. As long as we are clear about that- hope is a good thing; It is indeed by far one of the best feelings to associate with in life.

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