Mindfulness

Two Types of Hope

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The essence of human life, seems to be the hope of a better life. When we lose that hope of things getting better, we depress and stop working towards the better life.

Sometimes the fantasy of better life can be found outside i.e. good example would be when the Gold rushes, or the Spanish who looked for Eldorado…

In modern day world, refugees escaping warzones with all they have to the places they know very little: Europe.

I just finished watching three hour documentary series called Exodus: Our Journey to Europe. It showcases very well on how little information and so much belief we people operate. Especially the refugees escaping war, oppression and famine do have my sympathies. I think these people should be helped directly as soon as possible. Preferably I would prefer diplomatic solution that stabilizes the areas. Fighting is never the solution.

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for” – Albert Camus

Stability is the beginning, we need to feel safe. We also require some sort of social structure, because without it people are not feeling safe to invest the time there and they are instead spending the time to escape the poverty to somewhere else.

From the documentary I also understand that the Europe or some countries in the Europe are talked as very mythical fantasies. Which is probably right in that sense.

Question I want to ask here is thought, why are families willing to put their hard earned money and their sons life to the hands of smugglers in order to get a better life? The whole family could do a lot with that kind of money (thousands of euros) to study, work etc. in their own country. But they do not want to invest to that, instead they see the son getting to Europe as a fatter chance, even despite the big risks.

That is the thing I want to point out: if the country is safe, and the structures are in place, there is hope and willingness to keep investing into it, instead of gambling the money and lives to smugglers, who are then being greedy and taking even greater risks at the cost of human lives.

For us humans, there are two strong forces: hope and depression. While the refugees coming to Europe to seek asylum is hope based, which is good and which I think they should be helped for sure. However, the most lasting form of hope is that which allows us to build cities nations and human kind, and to that I believe we should be first and foremost invest into.

In our nature it should be to do the right thing. Right thing is the path of courage, love and forgiveness. Those are the virtues and qualities we need to cultivate in ourselves.

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