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Your statement that the opposite of hope is meaninglessness rings profoundly true for me. That the antidote for meaninglessness is authentic presence has been borne out in recent experiences I've had with dying loved ones. When they came to terms with the fact that they were dying, each had an authentic presence that made being with them a moving experience. The fact that they asked nothing of me but to listen, to be there with them, touched me deeply. Their passing has left a void in my life that I struggle to fill, but I would not trade my experiences with them for anything.