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Entraya comments on Justified Expectation of Pleasant Surprises - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Entraya 12 December 2013 04:34:36PM 0 points [-]

I'd like to know who the authorities are, and send them a complaint. Just about everything that has had a chance of being great and fantastic or just nice, has either turned to shit, been underwhelming (and that's with my already low expectations) or just fallen apart after a while. It's not like it has put me in a state of 'oh nothing good is ever going to happen to me and i will now expect and make everything shitty for myself', it's just rather annoying that it's a strategic advantage to never have any positive expectations about nearly everything, and enjoying the few good surprises when they come.

That being sad; I understand why hope is needed for everyone else, but I still have yet to see why it's needed in my case. Whatever happens, happens, and if it's good, then it's a nice surprise, and if it stays the same, then so be it. I just don't get the whole hope concept. I can hope that my friend doesn't get raped by a gorilla, but that seems pointless, like everything else that doesn't change reality or likelihood of pleasant things to happen

Comment author: TheOtherDave 12 December 2013 05:36:04PM 1 point [-]

If you create and obtain as much or more of what you value from your environment without hope as you do with hope, then there's no reason for you to have hope.

Many people believe that to be false about themselves and each other.

Of course, they could be wrong. Or they could be right in general but you're an exception. Do you have any particular reason to believe either of those things?