06 October 2017

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: Hope and Action

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Hope and Action.

Don't forget that we now meet at the Café Madrid in Opera at 6:30pm.

Our topic for this week can be described, at best, as a comparison of
opposites. The essence of –hope- is that we cannot do much to bring
about a desired result. Either results of events that might be natural
or what other people will do in the future. Indeed, we are more likely
to be affected in our day-to-day lives by what other people decide to do
than any natural phenomenon. Thus the key feature of hope is an
inability to act or influence outcomes.

If we decide to act we do so because we believe we can act and believe
we have a good chance to bring about the desired outcome. Sure a prudent
person won't assume that things will turn out how they wish, but the
clever person might have a reasonable idea of what the outcome will be.
Action is based on confidence or a belief that we have some chance to
change or will events in our favour.

Sometimes we succeed in our actions and sometimes people do act in our
favour; but not always.

There are a number of issues we can discuss: can we bridge the gap
between hope and action? Indeed does hope lead to inaction? We are so
busy believing that there is nothing we can do that we actually do nothing.

And even more interesting, do our options to act increase with more
knowledge and information we have about a situation?

Best Lawrence

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Blog: http://philomadrid.blogspot.com.es/
MeetUp https://www.meetup.com/PhiloMadrid-philosophy-group/

PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
Café Madrid
Calle del Meson de Panos in Opera

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: Hope and Action

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