Ece Temelkuran; ‘I don’t believe in the word hope [ ] its too fragile for these evil times.’

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!!


About Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre
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