Something I realised the other day was that hope is in fact a form of desire, you’re wishing for something imperfect from the past to become more perfect in the future. Now desire is one of the three poisons, and this is held not to be a good thing.
Should one then let go of one’s hopes for the future? It feels somewhat scary to live without projecting some achievable good things to aim for. It feels like letting go of a pattern that created some degree of certainty in life.
But on the other hand, hope is something that drags your attention away from the present. It encourages you to spend your time dreaming, rather than living in the here-and-now. It obscures your clarity of vision.
What are your thoughts on how beneficial hope is?