Without Hope

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“Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.” Antonio Porchia

26 thoughts on “Without Hope

    1. You may have missed the point of his words Mike. Flowers exist beyond time which is a concept, and have no need to hope for anything to happen other than what happens. To have no hope also means to have no fear. I believe the Buddhists call that enlightenment. 😉

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      1. Or maybe I was just being flippant. If he was making a point about letting go and living in the moment without worrying about tomorrow, I think it has been said better elsewhere – Look at the birds of the air / consider the lillies of the field. Flowers have no need of hope might have been better. To say that anything is “without hope” is, frankly, depressing and when applied to humans often leads to suicide. Perhaps something was lost in translation.

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          1. To be clear, I have no problem with the philosophy, only the way it is expressed. Hope is the wrong word here. Expectation makes the point better. Even the person on the link, while trying to explain “no hope, no fear”, says he “hopes” we’ll be able to spend time with this riddle 😉
            We could go on debating theories and concepts from our comfortable chairs in front of our computers and try to reconcile them with the real world of wars, refugees and torture chambers, but lets call a truce, shall we?
            And, yes, the flower is a geranium.

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            1. At some point words lose their meaning, especially when it comes to spiritually. As in: “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of ten thousand things.” I hope that’s clear now. Geranium huh, if only I could find white ones they would keep the snakes away. So little time and ten thousand things to do. Thanks Mike.

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