Hopefulness is an interesting word. If I break it there is hope and fullness; well less one L. And, within its boundaries are ideas like optimism and expectation and trust.
Of course, there is always the other extreme: despair. This is hopelessness and if I break this word it is hope less; well ness too if you insist on correctness.
The AND/OR I refer to in the title is because being humankind we each, sometimes in a single moment, encounter the wide-ranging impact of these polar opposites.
I guess what I’m wondering is can I choose, in a single moment, which to feel? There are already so many ways I self-evaluate must I continually broaden my sensitivity compass? MY ANSWER: That depends on whether I position myself in hopefullness or despair.
For centuries the Intended Thinkers: Aristotle, Plato, Plutarch, Cicero, etc. deliberated the polar opposites of being human by exploiting all qualified thought; and then some. You may ask: “And, I care about this why?”
My answer: Because you are a human and will—in each moment—come down on one side of an issue or the other: aware of the choice you are making or not! Examples: Virtue; Vice; Courage; Cowardice; Duty (knowing or doing); Moral; Immoral, etc. But the larger question for me is where do these choices come from? Are they inborn or taught or acquired?
Right now, in this moment, appreciating the complexity of being human is a place to start. And, whatever form it takes—grow into or develop into or befall—Intended Thinking may be the golden key to unlocking the salvation of humankind.