Hope, like love, can be defined in different ways. Yet generally speaking, at least, here in the West, hope requires one to believe that something will happen, whether or not the evidence suggests it will.
Simon Critchley ask us to ‘Abandon (Nearly) All Hope’ and by that he means, ‘blind hope’. I want to agree with him, because I have never believed in anything blindly. He warns of idealism, and would rather us be realistic and courageous.
Yet I cannot abandon my blind hope for you because, no matter how I try, it remains.
Maybe the thought that ‘there has to be hope for everyone suffering from depression’ is not blind hope. Maybe it is realism.
Realism is based on fact. It is a fact that you cannot see into the future. It is a fact that you will change.
Therefore, if you are at the worst possible place you can imagine, the evidence says that things will get better in time.