So what gives me hope, in short children, the future generation. Every new born baby is a blank canvas waiting to be drawn on. The good artists produce great pictures, unfortunately the poor or badly equipped struggle to fulfil the promise. Hope and despair the two sides of the coin.
Now that I am older I can look back on my life with hindsight and hard won experience. As a parent you try, desperately sometimes, to prevent your children making the same mistakes you did. The child who doesn’t want to continue with their education will eventually realise that they have made a mistake and depending on their circumstances may or may not be able to change their life. So many young people are drawn by the lure of the quick buck and yet the astute will recognise that education is the key to greater rewards throughout life. The current vogue for instant celebrity as promoted by talent shows reflects an increasing desire for a short cut to success. As long as you remain a contestant there is the hope that you might win. The words of the song The winner takes it all have never been truer. For those who don’t make it there is the feeling of rejection. Theirs is the broken dream and with it the hopes of their families. In my opinion talent shows make for uncomfortable
viewing, I don’t want to see people being humiliated or feeling rejected in the guise of popular entertainment. Everyone deserves to have hope for something better in their lives. We all like to believe that something better is just around the corner.
To see young parents taking great care of their new offspring is a delight, it gives me hope that the world will continue to evolve. What dashes this hope is the contrast of the child raised in poverty, poorly educated, badly fed and often the victim of countless minor illnesses. Destined for a life of low paid jobs and poor housing you have the recipe for self perpetuation. Breaking the cycle is almost impossible and with it all hope is crushed. But you have to believe it’s possible, there will always be examples of children who have risen from the humblest beginnings to achieve great things, build empires and command the respect of their peers. Look at the example of countries where great change is taking place, high tech industrial revolutions. This ultimately is what gives me hope, the possibility that the human race has the ability to overcome adversity and rise to the challenges presented to us in an ever increasing number every day.