Pillars of Humanity
Why Hope is Everyone's Business
Three motives underlie hope: attachment, mastery and survival. In Chapter four of our book we explore the enduring significance of these motives through the worlds of science and art. We believe the most enduring works of individuals and groups are driven by a desire to bring more hope into the world. This is why issues related to mastery, attachment and survival have preoccupied scientists and artists alike since the dawn of recorded time. In the words of William Faulkner, the "poet's voice" is not "merely a record of humankind" but one of the "props" or "pillars to help humankind endure and prevail." The greatest achievements transcend disciplines, professions, time, and place. In the final analysis, they are all poetic expressions of humankind's quest for more hope.
Related issues covered in our book
Classic hope: The enduring significance of the hope motives
Passions and appetites of the soul: Attachment, mastery and survival in ancient texts
Will, terror and sympathy: Science and philosophy tackle the hope motives
Power, stress and attachment: Psychology enters the hope game
Hope Tip # 4: Evaluate your hope priorities
If I knew my life would end in 5 years, I would devote this remaining time to _____________:
b. accomplishing certain unfinished tasks and life goals
c. finding a sense of peace and acceptance
Think about how you have spent your time and energy over the last 5 years of your life. Next to each of the three statements below, place an a (love), b (goals), or c (peace), to indicate how you have invested your resources.
Most time and energy ____