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Do you have hope? Why?
Hope. What is it? One definition that I have heard is "an expectation with confidence." That sounds nice, but isn't hope merely a form of wishful or magical thinking? Do you have hope? If so, for what? What is it that you hope for? What good is hope? Why have hope? Is it reasonable to have hope? Is it rational? Isn't it more rational to not have hope? If you have hope, then what is the reason for your hope? Can one live without having hope? Does hope matter? If not, why? Do we need hope? What is the opposite of hope? dispair? apathy? Are hope and faith the same thing? Different? How? Quotes: Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. ( Salk Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ( Tutu ( Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ( Joseph Addison 1 Peter 3:15 NIV "...Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (" In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man's torments. - Friedrich Nietzsche Is hope a bad thing? This article suggests that it can be: From the movie The Hunger Games- Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness. -The Matrix Reloaded "Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." Vaclav Havel "Every time you stand up for an ideal, you send forth a tiny ripple of hope." Robert Kennedy "Things never go so well that one should have no fear, and never so ill that one should have no hope." unknown, prob. Turkish "To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death." Pearl S. Buck "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." Lin Yu-tang “Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” -- Shawshank Redemption

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4625 West William Cannon Drive · Austin, TX

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What we're about

Group for like-minded people who like discussing the big and the hard questions. We will always be seeking the truth. We will talk about things like the truth, theology, philosophy, science, morality, and spirituality.

Everyone is welcome. Don't care if you're a Buddhist, Communist, Materialist, Christian, Atheist, Mentalist, Seeker, Agnostic, Freethinker, Skeptic, Humanist, Heretic, Do-gooder, Scientist, Philosopher, Doubter, Faithhealer, or anything else. All are welcome. Indeed diversity of thought is highly desired.

The group will involve fun and intense discussions like you have with good friends in a coffee shop. Indeed, we will often meet in a coffee shop or something like that. And in south or southwest Austin.

Examples of some the questions that we might discuss include: What is truth? Reality? Is the material universe all that there is? Is anything transcendent? What is beauty? Evolution? Is there a God? If so, what is his/her nature? Can we even know if there is a God? Why does a round pizza come in a square box? Is agnosticism the only rational choice? Did Jesus Christ exist? If there is a God, why is the world so messed up? Why is logic logical? Infinite multiple universes? Dark matter/energy? Are all religions valid? Zombies? How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

We have three core rules:

1. Mutual respect for each other at all times

2. Always seek the truth no matter where that leads

3. Stay on topic

Note that this is not a group for those that KNOW that they have the answers to the hard questions. Rather, this is a group for those that have hard questions, like to ponder possible answers to such questions, and/or want to see how their possible answers stand up to some hard scrutiny.

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