The lie of hope

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Hope for a better future is the best told lie in the last five thousand years. In fact, it is the lie on which the tyrant system that enslaves the planet is supported. Not even that of the almighty creator who is pure love can surpass it. A human being is more likely to lose faith in his god in certain circumstances than hope. Even people who drop everything and just wander through life without more than what they wear, hope that such a radical change will bring them something better. Or those who take their own life do so with the hope that when they die their pain and suffering will end (when the opposite happens, they perpetuate it eternally).

Neither the health, political, economic and social crises that emerged in 2020 had such a devastating effect on humanity as the internal crisis. The human being was broken on a psycho-emotional and spiritual level. The chaos fueled by power from the media revealed the deficiencies of most people. The confinement prevented them from being distracted in everything that generally helps them hide those inner ghosts and, worse still, forced them to lock themselves inside and become aware of the deep emptiness of themselves, without having access to the superficial activities with which they intended to fill it before confinement.

Most of the people were forced to find creative ways to pass the time. Few, very few accepted the challenge of looking within, becoming aware of themselves, their environment and acting accordingly. The difference between them is that the former survived with the help of a hope as shallow and fragile as their identity. They put their destiny in the health authorities, in the appearance of a vaccine, in government support, in divine favor or the guidance of supposedly enlightened beings, that is, in the four usual paradigms. While the latter chose to mature and take charge of their destiny. They bet on reinventing themselves by healing their wounds, transforming the old beliefs that conditioned their behavior and doing what is in their power to free themselves from the jail – both internal and external – that imprisons them. The former perpetuated their childish behavior by demanding that adults resolve the situation in order to regain their comfortable, fun and pleasant life as soon as possible. The latter chose to mature and take charge of themselves as responsible adults. The former sustained their reality in the hope that things will get better at some point and they cling to that idea as tightly as a baby at its mother’s breast. While the latter have the certainty that things will not change for the better – but quite the opposite – and they do what they have to do to transform their reality from consciousness.

And no, with this I am not saying that conscious, independent, mature and internally stable people are going to live better in a world that is falling apart. No. That is the most perverse part of the lie of hope. It is believed that people free themselves to be better. And yes, but only relatively. If a black slave escaped in the American South during the Civil War, could we say that he really is free? Technically yes. He would even find sweet moments to savor his freedom. However, that man would have to live escaping all the time, hiding from those who want to catch him to return him to slavery conditions or kill him for the audacity that he committed. Nobody would give him a job and therefore it would be difficult for him to cover his most basic needs. So we cannot categorically affirm that this man is really free. The guy has no hope of surviving in that context: either he starves or he is captured (and his fate would be infinitely worse than before because he escaped). Therefore it is necessary to differentiate between not living in slavery and being free. For this man to be free, he would have to escape from the region in which he is located and reach a state where the laws allow him to access the same opportunities as white people. Hence, this man would be falling into the trap of hope if he puts his faith that divinity will change the laws of his State so that he and others like him can have a dignified life, or if he chooses to make the revolution and fight for changing the system. In this case it would not go very far, but believing that it does, history shows that this has never ended well, power only changes hands between the powerful. So the guy’s only real hope is to do what he can to get out of there. At that moment that becomes his life goal, the reason for his existence. And perhaps what motivates him every day is having the real hope, therefore the certainty, of a better life.

I conclude by stating that the problem is not hope, but where we put it. Whoever has his hope that the world will change is lost. So if it’s not there, where do you put it? Is there really no hope that things will change? The answers in the next post.