Monday, April 19, 2010

What is Hope?

Has hope we can believe in (Per President Obama), turned out have the same substance as a mirage?

Just wondering...

hand-painted image © Bennett Hall 1976

History (* Per Wiki)
Hope was personified in Greek mythology as Elpis. When Pandora opened Pandora's Box, she let out all the evil except one: hope. Evidently, the Greeks considered hope to be as dangerous as all the world's evils.[2] It may be worthy to note that in the story, hope is in effect far more potent than any of the major evils. In some faiths and religions of the world, hope plays a very important role. Hope can be passive in the sense of a wish, or active as a plan or idea, often against popular belief, with persistent, personal action to execute the plan or prove the idea. Consider a prisoner of war who never gives up hope for escape and, against the odds, plans and accomplishes this. By contrast, consider another prisoner who simply wishes or prays for freedom, but without genuine hope, or another who gives up all hope of freedom.

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