Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hope and Despair

Awareness lets you be conscious of what is going on in your mind. It brings about mental calmness, mindfulness, and concentration—they are not only powerful mental tools to develop true human wisdom, but also recurrent sources of genuine human happiness.

Mental calmness gives rise to joy. Any external enemy, no matter how powerful, is unable to strike directly at your mental calmness, which is formless and hence untouchable. Only anger can destroy your mental calmness. To overcome anger, hatred, and other related negative emotions, train yourself to smile when you look at yourself in the mirror on waking up every morning. Your smile will bring altruism, love, and compassion.

As you develop your basic sense of humanity, hope will also be born. Hope is not expectation. There are two kinds of hope: authentic hope and false hope. Authentic hope is a genuine belief in the goodness of human nature. False hope is expectation of results due to human efforts; more specifically, it is based on the human ego believing that “extra” human efforts can achieve and satisfy human desires, which include greed. According to Tao wisdom, expectation is the source of all human pain, which includes disappointment, leading to more anger, despair, and regret, among many other negative emotions that may ultimately become your toxic thoughts and memories that make you forever unhappy.

Stephen Lau
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