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The Wisdom of Hope

‘Hope’ is an impractical idea that turns out to be useful, especially in painful times like these. Hope is often misunderstood, underestimated, ignored and belittled, not least because it has separate, seemingly contradictory modes. You want Hope to be there in moments of despair when the best you can do is appeal for relief. And you want to be able to earn Hope, to deserve it, to work for it. It is easy to be confused about the nature of Hope.  Understanding that Hope behaves in ways both mysterious and predictable is the secret to unlocking Hope’s wisdom - wisdom available to anyone, wisdom useful every day.  Hope-in-despair resembles personal or collective grace. At the end of life, hope can appear, unbidden, able to make meaning out of mortality. And during societal crises marked by widespread anguish and...

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