The way we, as people, think and act tends to sadden me. Some of us believe in things that we shouldn’t even waste time on. Yet, we keep it moving in HOPE to actually succeed with our beliefs. Sometimes, our HOPES and dreams do come true. However, in many cases, things just don’t materialize. In the end, I’m saddened by the sheer displaced HOPE for something that, more than likely, won’t occur.
A lot of the problems deal with one word: idealism. Idealism can be defined as the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc; it can also be defined as the tendency to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are, with emphasis on values . By definition, idealism is great for us. It allows us to work to make life into what we desire by adjusting rules and regulations to fit our desires . In play, idealism is great within the right frame of reference.
Thus, I have to frame my chocolate covered lie to make sense to the world: hope is all we need to succeed.
The Beauty of Having Hope
What makes hope work is that, in the end of it all, people will believe in the “greater and not the lesser”. We see it all the time: in religion, in infomercials and even in literature and motivational speeches. Your reverend/priest/local collection plate pusher works to give you hope every Sunday (Saturday for 7th Day Adventists). Tyler Perry sells more hope than he sells Madea in grandma stockings and incorrect English. At the end of the day, hope is equal to sex in at least one respect: it sells.
Where Hope Turns Into Haplessness
Yet, just because it sells doesn’t mean it is going to help you out in life. Cigarettes sell plenty. Also, Dr. Dre’s headphones are making him millions. In addition, people play the Powerball lottery knowing their chances of winning are 1 in 175,223,510 . In short, the selling of hope can be like the selling of dope: profitable and at times not helping much.
But, I digress.
The problem with all of these ideals entrenched with the “hope factor” is, as usual, people take things way too far. What usually happens is this: people trade “realism” for “idealism”. In fact, they think that they can “change the world” if they “think a certain way”.
The biggest example of “idealism run amok” through “hope’s rose colored lens” is The Secret. You know, the tome that expresses “mind over matter” and “your thinking creates your universe”? That is the book that I am referring to. While I do agree that thoughts are powerful, I’m not quite sold on the “thoughts manipulating the material world around you” stuff. Quite frankly, The Secret uses good ideas (law of attraction, positive thinking, hope) just to take them much further than they should.
A.) Allowing “positive thinking” to be the factor in actually having a relationship (oage 114) is a dangerous thing. Relationships are a two way street. Positive thinking doesn’t always cross those avenues.
B.) Telling people that “disease can’t live in the body if it is in a healthy emotional state” is tantamount to madness (page 130). Wouldn’t the more practical thing be get some medicine, get some rest, and take their time? I understand that the mind DOES affect the body. However, statements like the above are a guaranteed slap in the face.
C.) Jack Canfield had the nerve to say “The anti-drug movement has actually created more drugs. Because we’re focusing on what we don’t want—drugs!” (page 142). No, sir. Drugs are not the direct creation of our focused energy. Talking about drugs, and being focused on their eradication, has no correlative/coordinative relationship with the existence of drugs. Can we stop with the madness?
Hope is a great thing to have. However, do not constantly trade your ideals for reality. Your ideals have to coincide with reality. If not, then you will start ignoring what is right in front of you: the world. With hope, a person should wish for what they want and realistically make those things happen.
‘Nuff said and ‘Nuff respect!!!