Helen Keller didn't have much in the way of hope the way a lot of people think of hope, she made up for it with a willful determination to deal successfully with her situation in life, no matter what. Speaking of "what," what's keeping us from making the same effort in coming to terms with our life that she made in coming to terms with hers? What's harder about our life than what was hard about her life? What are the things that stop us? That throw us for loops? That rock our world? How do they stack up against Helen Keller's world? If Helen Keller can do what she did with her world, why can't we do what she did with our world?
Hope is our way of assessing our chances of getting our way, and having what we want. To have no hope is to have no chance of getting what we want. Which is like the end of the world for a lot of people, perhaps most people, but not all people. Some people can go right on with no chance of getting what they want, having no hope at all. They don't care about what they want and don't want. They are perfectly fine, just as they are. I think their secret to being able to live within any circumstances as those who are just fine is a the right combination of trust in themselves, courage, curiosity and a sense of satisfaction in how well they deal with whatever comes their way. They are artists of the art of life, seeing and serving what needs to be done in each situation as it arises to the best of their ability, and seeing where it goes. They do not live to impose their will on their life/circumstances, but to dance with life/circumstances in a way that meets their needs and serves their purposes, which are aligned with their possibilities, their interests, and the possibilities and interests of those about them. What they want is limited to what they need, and what they need is limited to what gets them comfortably through the day, without having too much or too little to call their own. Seems simple enough, until you take it out of the box and try to get it to work, with no instructions regarding how to do it, and having to depend upon our own imagination to get it going.
If we forgot how to see, how would we know whom to hate? How long would we have to be blind for hatred to be the least of our problems? That would be different, wouldn't it? Nation-wide. Around the world.