La esperanza es la orientación del corazón / Hope is an Orientation of the Heart

por Václav Havel [English below]

El tipo de esperanza en el que a diario pienso (especialmente en situaciones particularmente desesperadas, como la prisión) la entiendo sobre todo como un estado mental, no como un estado del mundo. O tenemos esperanza dentro de nosotr@s o no la tenemos; es una dimensión del alma; no depende esencialmente de alguna observación particular del mundo o estimación de la situación. La esperanza no es pronóstico. Es una orientación del espíritu, una orientación del corazón; trasciende el mundo que se experimenta de inmediato y está anclada en algún lugar más allá de sus horizontes.

La esperanza, en este sentido profundo y poderoso, no es lo mismo que la alegría de que las cosas vayan bien, o la voluntad de invertir en empresas que obviamente se dirigen al éxito temprano, sino, más bien, la capacidad de trabajar por algo porque es bueno, no solo porque tiene la oportunidad de tener éxito. Cuanto más poco propicia es la situación en la que demostramos esperanza, más profunda es esa esperanza.

La esperanza definitivamente no es lo mismo que el optimismo. No es la convicción de que algo saldrá bien, sino la certeza de que algo tiene sentido, independientemente de cómo resulte. En resumen, creo que la forma de esperanza más profunda e importante, la única que puede ayudarnos a salir adelante y empulzar a realizar buenas obras, y la única fuente verdadera de la dimensión impresionante del espíritu human@ y sus esfuerzos, es algo que obtenemos, por así decirlo, de “otro lugar”. También es esta esperanza, sobre todo, la que nos da la fuerza para vivir y probar continuamente cosas nuevas, incluso en condiciones que parecen tan desesperadas como las nuestras, aquí y ahora.

Václav Havel fué un dramaturgo checoslovaco, poeta y ex disidente político, quien se desempeñó como el último presidente de Checoslovaquia desde 1989 hasta la disolución de Checoslovaquia en 1992 y luego como el primer presidente de la República Checa de 1993 a 2003. La filosofía política de Havel fué de anti-consumerismo, humanitaria, ambientalismo, activismo civil y democracia directa. Apoyó al Partido Verde Checo desde 2004 hasta su muerte.

Hope is an Orientation of the Heart

The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul; it’s not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.

Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more unpropitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper that hope is.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. In short, I think that the deepest and most important form of hope, the only one that can keep us above water and urge us to good works, and the only true source of the breath taking dimension of the human spirit and its efforts, is something we get, as it were, from “elsewhere.” It is also this hope, above all, which gives us the strength to live and continually to try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.

Václav Havel was a Czech playwright writer, poet, and former political dissident, who served as the last President of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1992 and then as the first President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003.  Havel’s political philosophy was one of anti-consumerism, humanitarianism, environmentalism, civil activism, and direct democracy. He supported the Czech Green Party from 2004 until his death

Pasaje extraído de/ Source: Havel, Vaclav, Disturbing the Peace, Alfred A. Knopf, 1990 pp 181-182

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Intentionally located in east Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 10 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland, host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 23 years [2020] No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes
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