There is a less appealing ‘other side.’

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It seems odd, to speak of a concept viewed as categorically optimistic as one that should also be applied with caution. Hope can keep us going. But hope can also hold us back, and it can be difficult to identify which is taking place.

There is no way to predict whether or not what we hope for will actually come to fruition. Often, we just continue to wish, and…