What does the word hope mean to you?
Q: What does the word hope mean to you?
HHK: To say one has hope or not…I think you probably have to look at how many supportive conditions you have or not. When we have good supportive conditions, each of us can continue to hope. When we have not assembled supportive conditions or hopes are empty and futile and we find ourselves in a situation where we have to be destitute in misery.
Now, on Earth, for us to have hope, to say we have hope or not on Earth, principally is in regards to how many supportive conditions we have or not. Generally, on this Earth, when speaking about the external environment, since we have been taking with excessive use of power from the sources of the environment, there has been a great impact on the environment. Our supportive conditions, our “basic resources” are dwindling. Therefore, with regards to the environment we are always facing the fear of our basic resources declining and being used up.
Similarly, even when speaking about the human society, it has been a long time since, as it was in the past, we have had genuine feelings for the environment or had a way of living that is a genuine experiential relationship with the environment. Now the progress of our machinery and things is great. And like that, deluded, we experience living in the world. Since it is like that, we never perceive our innate human preciousness and good qualities, those exceptional distinguishing features. We are always progressing and progressing. Thinking something new. New strategies. Besides solely searching for new objects of knowledge, traverse within. What are the uncommon, uncontrived good qualities that each of us have? Ones that are indispensable, which truly must be developed? Perhaps, generally in our lives we have continually with confidence, carelessly and recklessly used our knowledge. I think perhaps it is like this if we have not paid attention. If it becomes like that, the various inner and outer supportive conditions will not be gathered or many basic resources will be exhausted, used up. Therefore, when we see it has become like that, to say there is hope on this Earth, on the one hand I think it is just talk. It is like that. Now, we must continually use those basic resources in favor of having hope. I think this is extremely important.