Hope is not a strategy

There’s a double-edged sword to using hope. As a blind expression of faith that the future will somehow, magically, improve it relieves us of the responsibility for it and the need to take any action to make it happen.

But is also serves as a mechanism for protecting us against the harmful effects of anxiety and making sure the brain is able to function at its very best.

Curiously both approaches use the same mechanism: They require a sense of self (identity) that uses a goal-orientated approach to achieve something and a means through which this can be achieved (planning).

The difference lies in the agency we feel.

Hope is not a strategy unless it is aligned with planning that leads to action.


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