Hope springs eternal in the human breast
— Alexander Pope, An Essay On Man
This post is not for the faint-hearted, because I am going discuss "hope" honestly without illusions. This post was prompted by a TED talk by Lawrence Lessig (brief discussion and video below).
First, what is "hope"? Common definitions include—
wanting something to happen or be true and thinking that it could happen or be true
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen