I have been struggling with the idea of ‘hope’ and of course a number of notable writers have turned to this question – can we be hopeful? For example see Rebecca Solnit article ‘Hope is an embrace of the unknown’
I was struck by the Turkish poet and journalist Ece Temelkuran talking on BBC Radio 4 Imagining the New Truth (02/01/2017).
“Everyone is [In Turkey at least]is obsessed with the word hope – that writing must give them hope. I don’t believe in the word hope. it a too silly a pre-word*, it’s too fragile for these times of evil. I do believe in the word determination. Determination of creating beauty.”
*I think this is what is said – not 100% clear as she speaks.
((She then gives a lovely example. The programme will be on Listen Again for a while but then not.))
That make sense to me. At the moment being realistic and ‘grown up’ about our eco-social-political situations seems pretty irreconcilable with hope, but we must still be determined to speak and act!!