Along with several fellow bloggers, I have often lamented the state of the world crisis, and veered between hope and despair – usually landing on hope as the only way forward – the glass is always half full. I was listening to a SciMed talk by Richard Tarnas the other day and Richard came out with a fascinating perspective on hope, which I paraphrase:
“With hope we call on the deepest wisdom we have access to, and plant seeds for the future. Hope is part of the unfolding of new thinking which leads to the new world. All is connected and we are each part of its evolution. The whole evolves through the involvement and evolution of its parts, and the path forward emerges through our common efforts, driven by hope – not through a single great inpiration.”
American poet Emily Dickinson expresses it more poetically:
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
See also Vaclav Havel on hope.
For a final word, I asked my new ‘friend’ Chatgpt, “Is there hope, or are we all doomed?” Chatgpt replied instantly:
“As an AI language model, I don’t have personal opinions, but I can provide you with some perspectives on the subject.
It’s natural for people to have both positive and negative feelings about the future. On one hand, there are many challenges facing humanity, such as climate change, social and political conflicts, and access to resources. However, it’s also important to recognize that humans have shown remarkable resilience and innovation in overcoming difficulties in the past, and there is still hope for a better future.
In the end, the future is shaped by the collective actions and decisions of people. By working together and making informed, responsible choices, it is possible to create a brighter future for all. So, rather than focusing solely on whether we are doomed or not, it’s more productive to focus on what we can do to create a positive outcome.”
Precisely! But not concisely.
We are the people the world has been waiting for, and hope is the way ahead. Go to it, friends, and never despair! We are with you, despite the many apparent setbacks and difficulties…
Featured image of chickpea sprouting by I, Prathyush Thomas
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