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“Hope is a dangerous thing,” said Red (Morgan Freeman), one of the main characters in the film The Shawshank Redemption. That line appeared on my twitter feed yesterday and it lingers in me. “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
That line is true if I apply it in my country. In every upcoming election in the Philippines, a sense of hope permeates through my whole being. However, when my country is faced with challenges, all the hope that has surrounded me fades away in an instant. In 2013, when the typhoon Yolanda hit my mother’s hometown in Tacloban, the system of the government has shown its greed. Today, the world is challenged with the novel coronavirus and I woke up to the fact (once again) that the system will never change.
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It doesn’t matter who the leader of our country is because the system is itself already cursed. I try my best to be pragmatic as I could, but that sense of hope that sometimes pervades in me brings me back to my ideals. Hope really is a dangerous thing. Being idealistic is a dangerous thing. And it drove me insane.
I know many of you feel the same way, so I’ll let you in for a treat. I learned to be more pragmatic by applying Marcus Aurelius’ virtues of Stoicism, and the most popular course at Yale University is related to that philosophy. It can help you become happier and more accepting of yourself, the people around you, and the entire world. And guess what, it’s free!
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The course will truly be helpful especially during these times. Hope won’t be very dangerous for you if you apply what you will learn from Professor Santos. Enroll here for free.