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Join Date: 17 May 2005
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Somewhere along the line.....I remember reading a varient on the traditional story ending (that Zeus put Hope in the bottom of the jar so that despite all the horrors unleashed, Man would still have Hope ) that Hope was perhaps the most insidious "pest" of all, tugging at man to persevere and believe when the situation was doomed ("false hope")

I would suggest that perhaps Hope has a dual nature - to sustain one through hardships and to delude. It is up to the indivdual to be able to distinguish between the two.

A quote from Rumi sums it up:
“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”
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