“There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
Hope, a universally treasured feeling, has to my mind an element of victim. “I hope things will work out ….” A statement implying a sense of powerlessness and of being at the whim of circumstances. Naturally the feeling of ‘hope’ would be accompanied by ‘fear’ as I have absolutely no way of ensuring that ‘things will work out’. Now when I develop ‘Trust’, a sense of Knowing that all is at all times FOR me, then ‘hope’ becomes meaningless as does ‘fear’. I wonder what Spinoza would say to this. Anyone channeling Spinoza these days? Let me know?
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again