Hope is a Dangerous Word

People believe hope to be a good thing. They associate it with positivity and optimism, but hope is also the act of wanting the impossible. It can be misleading in that though it offers a momentary sense of well-being and peace, in the end hope is hope–not a guarantee.

I’ve learned that hope is often times better left unengaged. In a way, all hope is false because it is an ideal of what we want. We hope because we know the likelihood of attaining the object of our wishful thinking is improbable.

But the devastating thing about hope is that we cannot control our tendency do it. It is human nature that despite the chances, we hold on to it, no matter how tiny the sliver. Perhaps it’s a psychological defense mechanism to prevent people from spiraling into despair. If there is hope, we will always struggle to keep going, keep surviving.