Hope is the Right of Every Human Being
Hope is not only the right of
every human being, it is part of our nature designed by God. Without
the hope of a new day, a new chance, a brighter future, life itself
would be too overwhelming. God’s message to mankind has always
been one of hope. Even from the days of Genesis there was hope: the
hope of man’s redemption; the hope of a better life; the hope of
the Messiah for the Children of Israel; the hope of God’s
Hope is wired within us and that’s a good thing, but knowing
this, there are those that would take advantage of that hopeful nature
and use it against us—these are the Hope-Mongers.
But I am not here to blame the Hope-Mongers, because that would just be
complaining, whining, finger pointing and a total waste of time. I will
simply point out their tactics and methods, and then you be the judge.
What I am here to say is that WE, the Hope-Seekers and Hope-Givers need
to WAKE UP.
Why are WE so stupid and susceptible to the means, methods and the call of the Hope-Mongers?
Why? Because deep down inside it’s what we really want to hear.
In Seth Godin’s brilliant, but often upsetting book “All
Marketers are Liars”, he tells us the problem on page 2 under the
heading “You’re a Liar”. Here is the quote that says
are a special kind of liar. Marketers lie to consumers because
consumers demand it. Marketers tell the stories, and consumers believe
them. Some marketers do
it well. Others are pretty bad at it. Sometimes the stories help people
get more done, enjoy life more and even live longer. Other times, when
the story isn’t authentic, it can have significant side effects
and consumers pay the price. The reason all successful marketers tell
stories is that consumers insist on it. Consumers are used to telling
stories to themselves and telling stories to each other, and it’s
just natural to buy stuff from someone who’s telling us a story.
People can’t handle the truth.”
I could go grab any of a million headlines off the Internet for an
example of these lies, but my purpose in this Declaration is not to
single out individuals by name, but as I said, it’s to get us all
to WAKE UP.
Here is an example of a headline that I just made up, but it is the type we might read and buy into:
“Who else wants to make a
6-figure income from your spare bedroom with a method so easy you would
have to be brain dead in order for it to fail? You don’t even
have to know anything about the computer. You can even do it without a
computer! It works every time guaranteed and you can have it today for
Hope-Seekers read this lie and say, “Yes, Yes, that’s
me!” But why would any sane person consider this even for a
second? Why? Because it’s what they WANT to hear.
1. They want a 6-figure income
2. They want to work from home in their pajamas and never again have a boss
3. They don’t want to do anything that requires work
4. They don’t want to think or have to use their brain
5. They have a huge fear of failure, so guaranteed success is appealing
6. They don’t know much about a computer, but the Internet is
where the money is, or so they think, so that’s where they want
7. They may not even have a computer at home, so making money without one sounds great
8. They want the program to make money right now and work every time
9. And yes they can afford $39.95 for something that is going to make them insanely rich
This is the story most Hope-Seekers tell themselves over and over
again, so when they read the headline, they think a Psychic must have
written it because, “THAT’S ME!!!”
Stop and think for a minute, have we all been so brainwashed by this
nonsense that we are starting to agree with the lyrics of the old Rock
band Dire Straits who sang,
“Now look at them yo-yos that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That aint workin that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin and chicks for free”
Do we really think money is free, that a 6-figure income is my
birthright while I sit at home in my pajamas and do nothing? Logically
people would admit that’s ridiculous, but logic is not what they
WANT, what they want is to “hope” it’s possible.
I’m not saying it isn’t possible, but you are not going to
get there doing little or nothing unless you want to do it immorally or
Next, do you really want to be “brain dead” in your work?
Do you really think anything is going to work every single time? And if
it did, wouldn’t we all be millionaires by now or at least
everyone who bought the $39.95 product? Which leads me to the last
question, do you really think if this person has something that will
bring you a 6-figure income instantly that he is going to sell it to
you for $39.95? I’m not saying you shouldn’t have big
dreams or hope, in fact I’m in favor of it. I’m saying that
we need to wake up and stop lying to ourselves about how to accomplish
that goal in life.