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When hope is a hindrance

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    the_funky_buddha
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    This seems a bit unfair to hope though admittedly, while being a precursor to action, as they imply, it's often relied upon too much or so much so that it takes the place of action. But the same...

    This seems a bit unfair to hope though admittedly, while being a precursor to action, as they imply, it's often relied upon too much or so much so that it takes the place of action. But the same can be said of prayer. I guess they didn't want to use that word as it'd be politically incorrect for them to say, or in other words, turn off much of their audience as religious or spiritual types are much of the bread and circus source for aeon.

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    1. moriarty
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      I'm not sure what you're saying. I'm pretty sure the author and editor used hope because this is precisely what Arendt was discussing in many of her works, not prayer. A great portion of the jews...

      I'm not sure what you're saying. I'm pretty sure the author and editor used hope because this is precisely what Arendt was discussing in many of her works, not prayer. A great portion of the jews exterminated in the holocaust (and especially German jews, of which Arendt was one) were secular and not religious or spiritual in the least - prayer would've been very foreign to them. A significant portion of the ones who were religious have lost their faith and foreswore God because of what they had endured.

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    2. fredo
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      Well, there are certainly many kinds of prayer. It would be disservice to pray for miracles from the sky. Instead, I pray for God to give me the clarity and the courage to act virtuously in all my...

      Well, there are certainly many kinds of prayer. It would be disservice to pray for miracles from the sky. Instead, I pray for God to give me the clarity and the courage to act virtuously in all my endeavours, actively contributing to the good of humankind.

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