True hope – the experience of sustaining potential
Be liberated from the misery of false hope
and enjoy the bounty of true hope.
-A simple guide using physics and psychology.
Language is death and life.
Without the ability to use symbols no sentient being can exist.
Their ability to use language enables all living forms to survive and procreate, whether they are Prokaryotic cells, leaves and flowers, worms and centipedes, human kind or pods of whales.
Each form of life is its language.
Existence, including language, involves paradox.
In other words, any symbol can be used in both hopeful and hopeless ways. All symbols can sustain and destroy the user.
The gift is to be able to discern false hope from true hope.
Psychology of Hope
The human psyche consists of trace conscious thoughts, vast subliminal sentience and the ego, which is the intermediary of the other two elements.
The nature of the ego is such that it tends to abhor notions of mortality. So both the universal change, in which all forms of energy are finite, and stewardship are very inconvenient reminders of our mortality.
Its pivotal position in our psyche means the ego can generate incredible, ingenious rationales denying change/stewardship. However science born of compassion, including language founded in physics, means we can transcend the fantastic trickery and self-deceit of the ego.
Physics of Hope
Over millennia humankind has experimented and formulated a range of principles of the universal activity. These have never been disproven despite the most enduring, ingenious and intense scrutiny. In particular, the principles of thermodynamics and the Conservation of Energy provide us with great guides to wise language and behaviour. These principles remind us in wondrous change and bounty.
It is also helpful to understand that information is physical and all communication matters. Hence Science is much more than an amoral way of thinking – it is a profound moral way of being.
Language of Hope
Thermodynamics reminds us that all things are subject to continuous warming and cooling and they only exist for the moments of thermal balance. The Conservation Principle of Energy reminds us energy is so bounteous that it can usefully be called a constant and it continually transforms all things. The use of language that embraces this reality tends to result in behaviour that makes sustainable use of the universal potential. Greater enduring bounty can becomes manifest.
This principle of energy may be stated in this simple way:
A symbol used in acceptance of change enhances the capacity of the user to mirror reality and enjoy harmony.
The converse occurs when symbols are used in denial of change and it is now possible that contemporary English language threatens the existence of humankind.
When Tzu Lu asked Confucius about 2500 BC what is the prime act of stewardship it is said he replied, “The correction of language use [rectification of names].” Modern research such as DNA analysis, evolution theory, computer engineering and quantum physics all tend to affirm this is true. Embracing language of hope enables us to enjoy all manner of elements of hope including breaths, science, arts, lives, corporations and societies of hope.
The yin yang is perhaps a valuable summary graphic symbol in that it reminds of the interconnected nature of existence, how forces are continuously born of each other and that we can enjoy unity in harmony. These include the forces of hopefulness and hopelessness. Smile.
All links in the discourse on hope interconnect with associated script on this website unless stated otherwise.
Draft script. The pages directly associated with this discourse will be completed as soon as my time and my very limited WordPress skills permit. Till then you can see examples of the application of these insights at http://www.thesustainabilityprinciple.org/