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- I can't recall hope ever being an instinct. We want a change - an effect. We create the cause. Simple.
I don't think of hope as an instinct either. There was a time when I hoped for things. I think it's human. Then there came a time when I went in the opposite direction and almost felt that it was such a negative feeling, a drawback of sort, which could keep us from determining our own life, making our own decisions. The very act of hoping to me almost seemed to make me feel weak and like a silly human. I felt that prayer and hope had something in common - too much delusion, too much waiting around for something or someone else to make something happen.
But I do now feel that there is a positive side to hope or hoping. It's capable of giving someone the right kind of attitude, an optimistic one, which can allow a person to see "possibilities" and what can be achieved.
It's all about achieving the right play, the right balance, between hope which is fertile hope and hope which is unhealthy and stagnant.
What's the opposite of hope? Despair.
Again, I suppose what we really need is a healthy balance between hope and self-determination.
Hope is like being able to see that there just might be light at the end of the tunnel. Hope sees possibilities, not necessarily predictions.
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- Why the need for the intangible?
Because without hope, life could become very bleak and dark. Without hope, those struggling with cancer would give up. Without hope, those wanting children might not have them. Pessimism, its polar opposite, dampens all areas of life. An optimistic attitude and mood can be self-healing sometimes.
I think that one could call "truth" intangible. Is there any need for that? Without the intangible, how mundane might philosophy be?
Why is God such an important concept in philosophy? Because the concept of a God is so intangible.
To wonder about things which are intangible enriches one's life. Sometimes one's dreams can be quite intangible. That's what makes them so important and interesting.
Our very Selves are quite intangible, don't you think? We search for answers and because we realize how difficult it is to find them, because so much is intangible, it only whets our appetites for more.
Perhaps we can say that hope is a kind of "unconscious" instinct - without it, could our species survive long? Without eventually giving up and going home.
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- Results (effects) depend on causes, not hope.
Well, there are effects for each cause, some positive, some negative, so in a way what you're saying is true but I rather think that they, both the causes and the effects are more dependent on action/responses.
Someone's home is burning. It is not so much the fact that the home is burning that brings on the effect of the fire being put out. It is the firemen responding to that burning house and having the courage and struggling to put out the fire which actually becomes the effect.
Somewhere when all of that is happening, do you think that it's possible, along with all of their determination and hard work, that hope might enter into their hearts and minds - strong hope that they will be able to put out that fire and save the day?
I think that hope is a strong imperative in certain important life moments - it's the wings which give rise to determination and action.