Is hope a virtue or a failing?


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For context, hear https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00017vl .

The tl;dl: In Ancient Greece, hope was considered an evil or a failing. If someone had hope of reward, they would be disinclined to work to achieve a goal. Hope was one of the evils in Pandora’s box (/jar). In Christian times, Paul reframed hope as a virtue, along with faith and love. More recently, Nietzsche reframed hope as a deceit; albeit as one which could provide solace from existential horror.

Does hope help us or hinder us?