What is Hope?

2792 Words Feb 19th, 2018 11 Pages
Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives the word multiple definitions from; to cherish a desire with anticipation, to expect with confidence, or the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that could happen. To me hope has a very simple meaning as well as represents a very simple thing that all humans are capable of. To me hope means and is desire. Regardless of whether it is seen as a noun, verb, or concept, that very definition and understanding is universal throughout. Anyone and everyone is capable of desire, therefore no one can really be immune from feeling hope. To say such would also mean that everyone is susceptible to despair, which is known and defined as “a state in which there is an absence or loss of hope”. However despite the very thin line that divides the two, we as a people choose to believe in hope, holding it at such high esteemed standards. Personally I never believed in hope, as I saw it as a double-edged sword that society fell upon time and time again over the centuries. However over the course of the semester as we explored tragedy after tragedy, as well as tried to grab an understanding of what is true evil and suffering, we never failed to (especially towards the end of the semester) find the bright end at the end of the tunnel that represented hope. That in particular stood out to me, and that’s why I decided to further investigate the topic as well as consummate, backup, and solidify my belief and understanding of the word…
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