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What does the word 'hope' mean to you?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by AspieWatchmaker, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Not letting yourself give up

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  2. Waiting for something to change of its own accord

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  3. Having faith that a higher power will make a change

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  1. AspieWatchmaker

    AspieWatchmaker Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    It has come to my attention that the word hope seems to mean different things to different people. Perhaps there is correlation with religousity. To me it is a word that does not enter my vocabulary very often, but when it does I simply mean that the other person (or myself) should not give up. Sometimes in talking to people they take it to mean something akin to giving up, but without telling yourself to give up. Or that you should do nothing and wait to see if something external improves your situation.

    This word seems to be religiously charged to a lot of people. Tell us what the word means to you, and if you are comfortable sharing, where you fall on the 'religious spectrum'.

    My 'RS' score: 2/10

    P.S.: mods feel free to move this thread somewhere else, I wasn't sure where to put it.
     
  2. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    Hope? To me it means nebulous possibilities without any promises. No more, no less.

    Without any particular religious connotations.
     
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  3. kestrel

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    Hope, to me means that even when I do not feel successful, or am told I am not good enough at 'whatever' - it is right and good to continue to strive with out falling into negativity.

    No religious connotations.
     
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  4. Beguiling Orbit

    Beguiling Orbit Neurotribe Champion V.I.P Member

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    Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
    Christian Hope: a confidence that something will come to pass because God has promised it will come to pass.

    As a connoisseur of the English language and a Christian, I'm good with both definitions. Which one I use depends on the context.
     
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    I would agree with this one.

    Absolutely no religious connotations for me, as I'm an Atheist.
     
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  6. the_tortoise

    the_tortoise Well-Known Member

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    None of the above.

    To me hope is, first and foremost, a feeling/emotion.....and I can't explain that. (I can say, though, that for me, there is little/no expectation in it -- it is much more like wishing than expecting.)

    But, there is a cognitive aspect to it that maybe I can explain......there is a type of thought/knowledge/belief that can (does not always, though) produce hope -- it is necessary to produce hope, actually -- which is just seeing/knowing/believing that things might happen, might be, or might work out the way I'd like them to happen/be/work out.
     
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    Partly that whatever is wrong will stop and also that the faith I have Will stop it
     
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    For me, hope is a possibility. A potential way out. You're not stuck yet.

    It's also a feeling. You may not feel it every day but when you become hopeless, you can see the difference immediately. Wouldn't wish it on others.
     
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    It's what was left in Pandora's Box up until about a year ago.
     
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  10. Beguiling Orbit

    Beguiling Orbit Neurotribe Champion V.I.P Member

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    LOL. Not sure what that means, but I don't want to open it.
     
  11. OrSomething

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    Hope doesn't have to be religious. To me it means the belief that things can get better someday, so you're not going to give up. It isn't mutually exclusive with trying actively to make things better, either. In fact, hope that things will improve is often required in order to keep trying.
     
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  12. SusanLR

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    I think I get the meaning. ;)

    But the best way I can explain the thoughts of or feeling of hope was put best by
    No religious meaning to me either.
     
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  13. Gracey

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    Nothing at all to do with faith in a deity or a religion.

    More to do with a faith or belief in myself.
    I know I have the capability to make small changes in my perception and believe they'll be positive changes.

    For me, hope is something I would like to happen or something I want which suggests change. A change to what is currently happening.

    An idea that my own or anothers future will be different in some small way for the better.

    I hope an exam is passed.
    I hope recovery runs smoothly and someone is feeling better soon.
    I hope someone has a great morning.

    And in my darkest moments, I hope I find an answer or direction to follow in my thoughts soon because where I am is extremely unpleasant.
    I know I will, I always have but a little hope that I can bring it about sooner rather than later never hurts.
     
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