Is It Hopeless
Or Should We Hope Less
August 21, 2014
An Explanation: For the benefit of regular weekly readers (thank you for your continued support and patronage) a brief synopsis of last week’s article to quell any confusion. The topic for last week was alternate realities. So what better way to approach the subject than by writing the article from the perspective of an alternate reality? You can be certain we will pay a more in-depth visit to this subject later but for now...back to reality!
A Dream: “Twas the night, and I found myself wrapped in the liquid velvet vertigo of a dream. Down, down into the cellars to retrieve an aged bottle of Chardonnay. One which I had uncorked, savored and perfected for this very night weeks before. Off to my study where a slender glass awaited on my chair’s side table, filling it, then to sit and flip through my favorite tomes. To reflect on the passages that eased my soul. The phonograph comes on as I light my pipe and draw deeply, savoring the tobacco’s sweet sting on my tongue. The pipe goes out, the record skips and I have lingered too long. Taking the glass as the wine covers most of the bitterness. Come the dawn I awaken from the dream quite dead. On my lips lingering taste of Chardonnay, cyanide and happiness. (Obviously depressed; author Unknown).
Tragic Comedy: By now we are all well aware of the passing of the beloved comedic genius that was Robin Williams. There is little left to say that hasn’t already been said, save to acknowledge that personally for this writer he will be missed. Likewise the details of his death are definitive, there are no stones left to turn. Yet there is a lingering question or perhaps it is more of a horrific realization in his departure: If someone who was full of and shared so much happiness and joy with the world lost all hope, what hope is there for the rest of us?
The Prayer: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And should I die before I wake...well thank God for small favors.”
The Endless Void: There are many without the benefits of Mr. Robin’s resources or comedic timing that dread the coming of the dawn. Each day seems to be just another in a series of unfortunate events. With no end in sight the consideration of finding one’s own “means to an end” is not insane nor illogical. Why suffer when there is an obvious alternative? But it’s not the only alternative.
Hopelessness: It is said when you reach the bottom you’ve nowhere to go but up. This is a lie. You can stay right where you are and perhaps eventually find contentment or there’s always sideways. This trek through the bowels of life may lead you to an even more hopeless state. Then again you may find a ladder.
Chutes and Ladders: Did anyone else ever contemplate on how this innocent children’s board game is an excellent metaphor for life in general? On square 28 there is a ladder that will take you almost to the top. Of course it lands you 3 squares away from a chute that drops you almost to the bottom. Bigger risks equals bigger chance to fail? Of course playing it safe and using the little ladders gets you there more safely, it just takes awhile longer.
Hope Less: We all want to be happy...except Goth people, but them aside personal happiness is a lifetime goal. To truly be happy you don’t really have to work at it that hard. It’s simple really: you just be happy. But how? How can you be when all your hopes fall short? Try hoping less for things to be better. Don’t bother to try and fight to make it better. Just live with life as it comes and be happy with whatever comes your way.
This may sound insane because it is, only mad people would laugh at life but hey at least they’re happy!
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Editor’s note: Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline