Yesterday while driving around town I spotted a sign outside a business that said, “There is no hope in logic.”
This sentence jumped into my brain and ran around in circles. What the heck does that even mean? I wondered. In the interest of full disclosure, this business’ sign often has clearly christian perspective. But this I pondered.
The belief that there is no hope in logic is a perspective I find remarkably sad and, let me just say it, wrong. Logic gives us a path to follow, clear actions to take. Logic gives us power and direction. When we can see connections between our own actions and their effects or, on a larger scale, between public policies and statistics, then we can make positive changes. Changes can be made immediately and with intent, no waiting. The ability to make changes gives us every reason to hope for a better future whether we are talking about our own life or the future of our country or our planet. Reliance on hope, also known as wishing, gives us an excuse to sit back and let things happen.
Life can be overwhelming at times, with stresses and worries that are difficult to shoulder. Sometimes there is no fix. It is necessary to take the time to listen to the still, small voice, to let go of the things that are out of our control. It is also necessary to get up again, put one foot in front of the other, do the work before us according to the logic of our abilities and priorities. It is possible that is where true hope lies, in our own efforts to make things better and in knowing we have worked hard and done all we can do. Then sit back, have a beer and hope for the best.
There is no hope without logic.