Hope is for suckers
By Mickey Z.
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Apr 11, 2008, 00:18
�Hope is the
worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.� --Friedrich Nietzsche
We can�t give up hope,
I�m often told. Keep hope alive, the
saying goes. If we lose hope, nothing
will ever change . . . or so they believe. Well, I�m here to say: Fuck hope.
We live on a planet brimming with
hope yet that same planet is under perpetual assault . . . and the hopers are
losing. The corporations raping our eco-systems don�t hope they can steal more land, exploit it, poison it, and make
boatloads of cash. They make a plan and make it happen . . . damn the
torpedoes. (You might even call it �direct action.�)
Monsanto doesn�t put its faith in
candlelight vigils or humans standing in the shape of a peace sign. They get
busy putting their people into positions of power, writing legislation, and
bullying and smashing anyone opposed to their insane agenda.
General Motors doesn�t reserve its
opinions for government sanctioned �free speech zones.� The television,
Internet, magazines, movies, songs, radio, etc. are all inundated with GM�s
taxpayer-subsidized propaganda . . . just as the planet is inundated with GM�s
McDonald�s doesn�t waste time hoping things will go its way when its
days are chock filled with brainwashing, killing, poisoning, destroying . . . and
counting its profits. Hope never enters into the equation.
�Hope is a bad thing,� sez Henry
Miller. �It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of
you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It�s a
sort of spiritual clap, I should say.�
Author Derrick Jensen explains the
impotency of hope as good as anyone: �I�m not, for example, going to say I hope
I eat something tomorrow. I just will. I don�t hope I take another breath right
now, nor that I finish writing this sentence. I just do them. On the other
hand, I do hope that the next time I get on a plane, it doesn�t crash. To hope
for some result means you have given up any agency concerning it. Many people
say they hope the dominant culture stops destroying the world. By saying that,
they�ve assumed that the destruction will continue, at least in the short term,
and they�ve stepped away from their own ability to participate in stopping it.�
If Jensen makes it sound an awful
lot like religion, well, for most folks, the verb �hope� is virtually synonymous with �pray,� while �hope� the noun is often
interchangeable with �faith.�
Hope is for suckers.
How about some good old-fashioned
anger, rage, and passion? (Che sez: "If you tremble with indignation at
every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.") Let�s forget hope and
aim for vision, clarity, strategy, courage, and finally: some goddamned results. �Creativity
comes from trust,� sez Rita Mae Brown. �Trust your instincts. And never hope
more than you work� (as they say in South Florida: bingo).
At its worst, hope is a dangerous
cop-out. At best, it�s a frivolous idea. But even so, as Henry Miller sez:
�Ideas have to be wedded to action.�
Wedded, huh? Repeat
after me: �I do.�
Mickey Z. is the author of the forthcoming novel, "CPR for
Dummies" (Raw Dog Screaming Press). He can be found on the Web at www.mickeyz.net.
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