​Hope is a long and tortuous path towards frustration?

ISABEL HERNÁNDEZ NEGRÍN

Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain.

The Royal Spanish Academy defines hope like this: state of mind in which what we desire is presented as something possible.

I also remember the phrase we have heard millions of times: “hope is the last thing you lose.”  It is clear that in a very difficult situation it is encouraging to believe that things will work out and will improve.  But is it reasonable for us to trust in a remote possibility, in an uncertain future?

A mood is no guarantee that something will happen.  A mood explains what someone is feeling, but not what is actually happening.  Trusting that something will happen, may comfort me, but I cannot expect that it will guarantee that something happens.

For me, hope distracts me from the present, which is the place where I can act, decide, learn or take steps along the path I am trying to follow.

Is deferring the completion of something into the future not rather like a surrender, or an act of laziness?

Because of all this, if we make our life depend on hope, may lead to a constant frustration of the expectations we have built up.  A feeling of powerlessness and melancholy is just one step away.

It is better to apply ourselves to what we can do in the here and now and to invest all of our skills in it.  The opposite would be to believe in magic, believing that things will happen because we feel they should be like that, although we do nothing decisive about it.

Do you not think that it is always better to do something?