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January 31, 2004

Idiom: hope against hope. To hope with little reason or justification. 

I remember so many times in my youth when I believed… you know, virgin belief, in, well anything really. I’m not talking about what one believes in, I am talking about how the belief is manifested. The pure innocence of it all, the pure ignorance? Both maybe.

What is it about hope that causes life to be worth something? People survive when they cling to hope, yet they really don’t recognize hope when things are going well, at least not I the same way. So is hope for the unhappy? Unlucky? Oppressed? What is hope?

1. To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment.
2. Archaic To have confidence; trust.

v. tr.
1. To look forward to with confidence or expectation: We hope that our children will be successful.
2. To expect and desire.

1. A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment.
2. Something that is hoped for or desired: Success is our hope.
3. One that is a source of or reason for hope: the team's only hope for victory.
4. Often Hope Christianity The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
5. Archaic Trust; confidence.

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