Hope and Cynicism

Hope brings stress, because it creates desires and expectations. Some expectations and desires make me happy, but mainly they make me tense. I start to strive for something and meanwhile, I forget to live. Just feel what happens in your body when you start a sentence with “I hope thatÂ…”

If you hang on to hope, you’ll always have to wait: for the money that will make you happy, for the compliment that will make your day, for the hereafter that will bring you peace. Waiting makes you passive and keeps you from creating joy in your life.

Hoping for a better future means rejecting what is here, and this means you also reject a part of yourself. You resist something and thus push it away. You suppress yourself and keep yourself small.

–Tijn Touber, “Abandon all hope,” Ode Magazine, May 2005

Cynicism is an adjustment of expectations down. We expect the bad to continue or get worse.

When we understand cynicism from an ecological view, we realize that cynicism is an effective way to excuse ourselves from responsibility. The deeper our cynicism, the more we project responsibility for our world on other people. It works for anyone who wants to enjoy tangible and immediate relief from responsibility. So, the question is: What’s the opposite of cynicism and what kind of people seek its opposite?

My initial reaction is that the opposite isn’t a kind of hope that plays the same role of projecting responsibility on other people and conditions.

–Jack, JackZen

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One Comment on “Hope and Cynicism”

  1. Melissa Says:

    I really liked the Abandon all Hope. It’s hard to do, but when someone is finally ready to do it, maybe they can find peace…