HOPE by Azra Ataullah

I find myself thinking a lot about valuable life lessons I can continue to teach my kids. As a society, we are constantly surrounded by the various voices in the media, political analysts, political speeches, dramatic news events, and the ever-so-fascinating social media. In the process of trying to make sense of it all, I decided to focus on the topic of hope. 

We are all driven by hope. There is no life without hope. Recently, we had a tragic event in our school district. A high school student, who many described as the funniest person they knew, decided to take his own life. It is difficult to imagine the sense of hopelessness a person this young could have felt to take such a step. School, students, teachers, friends, family, church, social media, tv, music, movies, video games, sports- not one of these provided even a glimpse of hope to this child to continue to live his life. 

For the past couple of years, heartbreaking images of Syrian refugees have been displayed on our screens. Families with young children risked their lives to abandon a place of complete hopelessness and set out on a dangerous journey to the other side of the ocean. Risking death only for the tiniest glimpse of hope they see across the ocean. 

 Someone once told me, the common man is the same in every country. Regardless of race and religion the common man has the same wants and needs. We work hard everyday, in the hope of providing our children with a good education, hoping they will pick the right career and settle down. Then we hope to have time to enjoy our retirement years doing the things we have always wanted to do. This life cycle must be radically different for people in power. The question is will our leaders fill us with hope for a better future for our children or fulfill their own set of hopes and dreams?

We are heading towards the most important election in the world. The phrase I keep hearing is the “transparency of the two candidates” and how people have issues trusting both of these candidates. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out and time will tell if we as the greatest country in the world, picked the right candidate. Our greatest responsibility will be to choose “hope” but the tricky part is trying to figure out if there is a sense of false hope or if there is even the slightest chance of real hope.