Monday, October 26, 2009

Hope

"... Perhaps it's time to redefine "hope" in the greater social sense of the word. To me, hope is not synonymous with "wishes fulfilled." In fact, hope should not be about wishing at all. Hope should be based on confidence that the individual or group is reliably competent enough to meet the challenges that circumstances present. Hope is justified when people demonstrate to themselves that they can behave ably and bravely. Hope is not really possible in the face of patent untruthfulness. It is derived from a clear-eyed and courageous view of what is really going on. I don't think that defines any of the behavior in the United States these days. We've become a self-jiving nation intent on playing shell games, running Ponzi schemes, and working Polish blanket tricks on ourselves..." - James Howard Kunstler

1 comment:

Greg B said...

Had to look up "Polish Blanket Trick", it's cutting twelve inches off the top of your blanket and sewing it onto the bottom to make it longer.

Kunstler's "hope" seems to be equivalent to versions of the words Faith or Trust. Those words fit well into his quote:

"(Faith or Trust) should be based on confidence that the individual or group is reliably competent enough to meet the challenges that circumstances present. (Faith or Trust) is justified when people demonstrate to themselves that they can behave ably and bravely."

Hard to get past the usual way of thinking of Faith and Trust as related to individuals and to shift to thinking of it in terms of a society....

I have Faith that we (USA) will screw up a lot as things unravel, but then follow that with being 'reliably competent enough to meet the challenges that circumstances present'.