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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. - Friedrich Nietzsche

I find these two quotes about hope interesting. Einstein, the scientist, allows for hope, but requires that we question everything. Presumably, this includes the need to question our own hopes.

Unfortunately, as most humans are not so self-aware, we are not able to question our hopes, and it stops us from being able to recognize the reality of our problems and predicaments. Instead, we are left to "prolong our torments".

Perhaps there is a glimpse of human reality in the contrast between the scientist and the philosopher. The scientist, having observed human limitations, offers the warning that might, if heeded, allow humans to better deal with reality, and the philosopher, having also observed human limitations, offers the likely outcome when the warning, inevitably, goes unheeded.

Somebody once said, "Hope is not a plan." Unfortunately, we tend to treat hope as if it were not only a plan, but the only and obviously correct one.

Torments indeed.

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