Re: virus: Hope

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 07 Jun 1996 19:55:41 -0500 wrote:
> >Well said. I've always been fond of the Greek view of hope as "the
> >worst of all evils"[1] I think hope is tangled up in _desire_ and so
> >should be avoided for the same reasons.
> It's true that desire is the worst of all follies, but certainly one that
> shouldn't be avoided, for what a wild ride it brings with it.

Heh. I've been on that roller coaster too. Fun perhaps, but when the
track /ends/ suddenly it can get nasty... Ahh well. I'd like to remain
without desire but, alas, I'm human. I won't welcome it, but I'm sure
it will come.

> >[1] I beleive they thought this because they beleived the universe was
> >completely deterministic. Hope was thus seen as completely futile,
> >since you could not change the set course of events.

> Hope isn't futile. If the outsome is unknown then you can certainly hope
> for a better one then the last time.

This isn't my view of hope anyway. Just the Greek view. My view: "Hope
is the worst of all evils, for it prolongs the torments of man"