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You could not be more right. While I have never been called bourgeois or an evader of responsibility, I have been called naive for a practice of looking for possibilities in the most trying situations.
In fact hope when it is based in thought and reality provides an opening of great value if we also act courageously on that hope, as you say, rather than remaining safely apart from where the real pain and challenging work are.
I think people who are really struggling in their lives are sensitive to all the talking they can hear, all the "right words,"often from people who are comfortable with stopping after saying those right words and then leaving the active work to others.
Said differently, many people do watch either hopefully or hopelessly from the comfort of the sidelines.