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Hope-mongering through postponing fulfillment


Credibility Crunch engendered by Hope-mongering: "Credit crunch" focus as symptom of a dangerous mindset (Part #14)


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Hope is intimately related to a desired future condition, hopefully to become manifest in the immediate future. The sense in which the condition may be brought to fulfillment, and when, therefore offers many opportunities for hope-mongering as the following indicate.

  • procrastination, notably as typical of politics, or individual requests for an increase in salary, calls upon hope-mongering skills. These are used to ensure that the desired future remains a credible possibility, whilst justifying the need for delay. Labour unions are especially sensitive to this form of abuse.

  • excuses for failure in any task may also be fruitfully presented with the aid of hope-mongering skills, inspiring confidence that the task will be duly completed at some later time

  • having a child may be seen as a means of guaranteeing a more fulfilling future, as the child ages into an adult (possibly as a source of care and assistance), whatever the immediate challenges of bringing it up. The question here is the degree of self-delusion associated with this process and the degree to which this is promoted and sustained by relatives and friends, irrespective of circumstances -- through hope-mongering.

  • acquisition of skills, possibly through formal education (as discussed above), may be undertaken in the expectation that these will result in (competitive) advantages. Again this may be undertaken with hope sustained by others, including those providing the skills, in a manner usefully recognized as hope-mongering

  • use of certain products, whether health and/or cosmetic products, stimulants, or recreational drugs, may be seen optimistically as a means of achieving a desirable condition, whether or not this is actively encouraged by others through a process of hope-mongering. This would also be true of cosmetic surgery and the fashion industry in general.