What is hope? Where does the idea of hope emerge from? Why do human beings need hope? Is hope simply an idea, or a mental state? What is the state of hopefulness? What does it mean to be without hope?
Do ideas and/or ideologies offer hope?
The initial state of self-awareness is empty and meaningless, thus lacking hope. It is up to those who become self-aware to begin a search for meaning. This search initiates with combing through the external environment. Is there meaning to be found in family life? Is there meaning to be revealed in the acquisition of knowledge? Is there meaning to be discovered in the pursuit of pleasurable activities? Can meaning be unearthed via taking up the proper work?
Hope seems to depend on what is valued. What is valued is often unconscious, residing in the individual mind’s subconscious. What is valued is corrupted by the presence of resentment, also often carefully and strategically hidden within the unconscious part of the mind.
What is valued determines whether or not and how vulnerable one is to being possessed by ideas, or ideological possession.
The idea of buying something new, such as a new smartphone, a new car, etc. can seem to offer hope, but the hope is fleeting. The derived “high” once the new thing is acquired quickly dissipates, frequently leaving the buyer in a worse condition than he or she started out in.
The idea of having, as opposed to the actual having, is always more powerful. Looking forward is a far more pleasurable state than is possessing.
There seems to be some missing fundamental element in the initially originating human mental state of self-awareness. That fundamental missing element is a properly realized relationship with our Creator. This fundamental missing value hierarchy can only be realized by a non-resentful mind. The resentful mind has a flawed value hierarchy, in that resentment separates the human mind from the Mind of the Creator.
To the resentful mind, every new idea offers the potential of hope. To the resentful mind, every new idea also offers the possibility of ideological possession, of becoming enslaved to the said idea, thing or concept.
Real hope is actually a spiritual rope. A real spiritual rope can only be grabbed onto by the non-resentful mind. Only the non-resentful mind has a properly structured value hierarchy.
Ideological possession structures offer those possessed an ongoing sense of hope somehow being just around the corner, if only every existent mind were collectivized and forced into the confines of the ideology. The looking forward to hope somehow never materializes into actual hope, but morphs into a living hell.
There is a distinct difference between an actual hopeful state of mind versus simply looking forward to having hope.
Real hope is an unshakable state of mind. Real hope only emerges after a person has given up resentments, past, present and future. Real hope seems to be a paradox. Real hope is the Biblical peace that passes all understanding.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7