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“To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.” Erich Fromm
There can be times when hope is as hard to maintain as faith. The analogy doesn’t end there. To keep hoping for change in our world, in our circumstances, requires faith and persistence. Faith in our fellow humans, and faith in our persistent desire to be something more than just atoms within a larger social construct that is beyond our control.
Another, more obscure Fromm quote argues that “There are many who feel consciously hopeful and unconsciously hopeless, and there are few for whom it is the other way around.” So far as I understand what I try to do politically, it is that by being politically active I maintain my sense of hope and my faith in others, and keep the unconscious hopelessness at bay.
The weakness of the centrally controlled, managed, triangulated and obsessive Blairite Labour Party was that it dissipated the hope that was apparent in 1997, and left its supporters with only the unconscious hopelessness. Every message from New Labour started with the same premise; global capitalism would not go away, we had to accept the boundaries within which it operates, and no good would come from imagining alternatives that did not have the consent of the minority who controlled capital.
We have to differ; we have to insist on hope, on the prospect of change, because that unconscious hopelessness strips us of our humanity, and reduces us to consumers of scraps from the table, willing to fight those alongside us to ensure our share of the scraps is marginally larger.
The means by which our hopes will be achieved must change, but we must live in hope, or die alone.