Is hope a fraud? | Socratic Circle {October 2021}

This post is in response to the monthly Socratic Circle prompts Havalah provides at her blog, Havalah Ruth Peirce. The question to be discussed for October is ‘Is hope a fraud?’.
Please feel free to join in on this discussion either by commenting on her post or writing a post of your own and don’t forget to link back to Havalah’s prompt post if you do!

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Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.
― Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

Is hope a fraud?

To me, hope is a sort of thrust, a variant of faith, a gentle flame – that encourages you to keep going even when, the possibilities of actually succeeding seem bleak. Now as far as fraudulence goes, hope can be a fraud at times but that doesn’t necessarily make it a fraud for everyone. Hope can end up, conveying visions of unrealistic success and it can all feel like a big lie, when reality comes crashing down.

Objectively speaking, I think hope being a fraud or not, ultimately depends on the person bringing a certain hope to existence. As long as their hope is appropriate, ambitious but rooted in reality – I think more often than not, hope ends up serving its more poetic purpose, of being a supporter when no one else is. But when – say, I hope to get a car fly to space, with no plans whatsoever, it’s ambitious but foolish to an extent. It makes no sense to label the hope as a fraud, it would be more apt and called for, to own up to my stupidity.

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Hope doesn’t quite deceive people. It could potentially manipulate or blind them but then again, it feels too circumstantial to actually label it, so concretely. One could even say, people themselves determine how much command, their hopes have over them. The validity of a particular hope depends on, how the person perceives it to be.

If hope ever feels like a fraud, I would say the person is more responsible than they think themselves to be, for their hopes not playing out the way they wanted it to. Hope isn’t a plan that can direct you to your destination, after all. It’s a self-cultivated mode of encouragement one relies on to stay optimistic about their paths in life.

Hence, I don’t think hope is a fraud at all. On the contrary, I believe it’s what keeps us going.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.

― Emily Dickinson

A huge thank you to Havalah @ Havalah Ruth Peirce for the prompt! I had an interesting time writing about it. Please feel free to share your takes on it too!

I’m currently having exams and it might be a month before I can get back online. However, I’ll try to pop back in every now and then! The posts for October, November and December have been scheduled beforehand. As always, I appreciate your constant support and look forward to reading your posts as soon as I get back!

Thoughtfully yours,
D

37 thoughts on “Is hope a fraud? | Socratic Circle {October 2021}

  1. Ahh, I love this so much, friend!! I love your thoughts on this issue, so wholesome, beautiful, and well-postulated. I especially like and agree with the following quotes:
    “As long as their hope is appropriate, ambitious but rooted in reality – I think more often than not, hope ends up serving its more poetic purpose, of being a supporter when no one else is.”
    “One could even say, people themselves determine how much command, their hopes have over them. The validity of a particular hope depends on, how the person perceives it to be.”
    I also like how you interspersed quotes and graphics throughout, it really adds a sort of context and character to your argument. I might also say that your writing style is very eloquent and readable!
    Thanks so much for participating! I’ll be sure to feature you in the next post! ❤

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  2. This was really lovely write!! Actually hope can blind people, hope confuses us between reality and fantasy. and I really agree that hope is fraud yet we still need it😊😊

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I do agree that hope can be used to manipulate, and it’s important to use it wisely

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  4. “Hope makes the fools live in joy” is a Dutch saying (somewhat, I just did an impromptu translation). I feel I have a love-hate relationship with hope. If it’s just that: hoping for something to happen, but not trying to make it happen, it’s empty. It also depends on how badly you want the turn out to be a success. Say I’d apply for my dream job, then the only thing I can do is send in my application and keep my fingers crossed. If then I’d still not get it, it’s not hope’s fault I didn’t get hired, but I’d feel worse because I’d put all my hopes on landing the job.

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  5. Definitely one must wear the rose-colored glasses often. There are worse ways to live. Eternal optimism just may save your life, but I don’t think hope should be too focused on one thing. Diversified hope, the ability to be flexible regarding one’s dreams is a superpower. Wishing you well! —Margaret

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  6. Deepthy, you are a gifted and brilliant writer. I thoroughly enjoyed your perspective and quotes on hope. I just finished listening to a song called, “Hope” by Fat Freddy’s Drop. It is a beautiful song and I seem to have a theme going this afternoon. ✨ Best wishes on your exams.

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  7. Oh my goodness, it makes me so happy to hear that!! Glad you liked those quotes! I was trying to be as impartial as possible 😂
    Aw that’s so kind of you to say! I had so much fun compiling this post!
    It was an absolute pleasure!! Aw thanks so much!! Looking forward to next month’s Socratic Circle prompt!❤️

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  8. Glad you found it so, Anushka! That’s an interesting perspective! I don’t think hope is a fraud but I agree it can be disillusioning at times.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your views!❤️

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  9. Wow, that’s a very interesting saying. Haha, me too!
    Oh, I absolutely agree – almost like how talk without action is empty too. Aw, that’s a lovely illustration – life can be just as unpredictable as hope.
    Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts on it! ❤️

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  10. I absolutely agree! I do seem to be more on the pessimistic side but I admit its often my peers’ optimism that keeps me hopeful 😂
    That’s a great way to put it – I agree with how hope shouldn’t be too focussed on one thing. Brilliantly said! Take care!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your perspective!❤️

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  11. It’s so humbling hearing that from you! I’m so glad to hear that! It was an interesting and educating question in a sense.
    That sounds like a lovely song! Looking forward to giving it a listen soon! Haha, well hope is a wonderful theme to have anyway!!
    Thank you so much! Looks like I’m going to be caught up in them for atleast a few months.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!❤️

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  12. Aw thank you so much, Ms.Rae! That’s really kind of you!❤️ It’s just for a few months though – grade 12 terminals are quite important. I should be back to normal by April or so😂

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