Catholics for a Changing Church

"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often" - Bl. John Henry Newman

Hope is Overrated

Now here's reflection from John Chuchman that might question one of your core Christian beliefs: Is Hope over-rated? It's difficult to know if John is being a bit tongue-in-cheek with this one or deadly serious. It is a reflection that is almost guaranteed to cause you to think.

Hope is Overrated

I'm giving up on Hope.

I have dumped despair,
so I really do not need its struggling opposite,

looking back,
it seems Hope was simply
a diversionary tactic
that kept me from truly looking at
the causes for despair.

Hope was dangerous
and misguided.

It was defeatist,
relinquishing my responsibility
to speak out and act against
what is wrong.

Hope allowed me to be passive.

Hope required no talent,
not much thinking,
and no expression of
My True Self.

Hope tricked me,
absolving me of Responsibility.

Ben Franklin had it right,
Live in Hope and you'll die fasting.

I refuse to be addicted.

Love, John

See more reflections on John Chuchman's blog, and on his "Is God Laughing or Crying" cartoon blog.

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