According to Oxford dictionary hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen or grounds for believing that something good may happen”. Though the dictionaries summed up hope in a feeling or a believing but great leaders think that hope is not only expecting or having an optimistic feeling about something, it is too much passive perspective toward hope. Hope actually starts with action or with doing something.
In his autobiography “Dreams from my Father” President Obama writes: “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” Yes! Hope starts not with mere expectation but also with doing something which puts you in the middle of changes that generate hope and positive energy inside you. Hope and action are correlative and complementary to each other.
Absence or death of hope is one of the worst things that happens in all war-ravaged countries. Killings, destructions, and poverty first kill hope and then led to chaos and different catastrophes. One of the basic missions in post-war countries is reviving hope and trust among people, so they can believe in a good and peaceful future. Hope is a not mere an optimistic feelings but it is the most vital force of living which encourage people to continue for realizing their dreams. In his speeches The Trumpet of Conscience Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says:
“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all … Don’t let tough times get you down…, when the storm clouds gather, when things get tough, persevere and don’t give up.”
The biggest the problem that his civil right movement faced was not white resistance and wild discrimination against black Americans but rather it was the wide and profound hopelessness and disappointment surrounded black population, so he had to awake them up and revive hope in suppressed dreams of black peoples. From all aspects, hope plays a critical role in individual, family and social glory and prosperity. Because hope motivates people to start doing something instead of escaping away or staying indifferent toward the situation.
Abbas Nasen is a university student and junior researcher. He was born in a very poor family in Afghanistan central province of Ghor. He experienced lots of problems just to get to school and to meet his living dreams. He believes, if you are hopeless means you are useless, power comes with hope and confidence.
“I simply can’t start anything when I am not very optimistic toward. For me, hope is a precondition which orients all my living activities and objectives. I think it acts in the same way for all human beings. The problem with current immigration crisis is not only a matter of war, insecurity, poverty, and unemployment but rather it is also a serious matter hopelessness which leads thousands of people, despite having profitable businesses and good living leave everything behind just to find a better place.” He said