Also, the recent discovery of a hitherto-unknown French dinosaur movie from 1993 of seemingly insurmountable awfulness. This gives me hope that there are other movies out there I’ve never heard of - let alone seen - that will allow me to more-or-less pleasantly distract myself as this shithole world goes down owing to ignorance and short-term thinking.
My unyielding belief that there is no afterlife, the knowledge that everyone rich or poor, evil or good, religious or nonreligious, white or black, douchey or non-douchey, will share the same cold perpetual nothingness that awaits me after death.
Poor OP. Probably not what they were hoping for (heh).
ETA: As a purely academic exercise, I wonder if the “sweet embrace of death” response could be considered threadshitting in some sense. I mean, it’s obvious the OP would like reasons to go on, whatever they are, and it seems it’d be a lot better and more direct to even just say, “there is no reason to hope for the future except for the sweet etc etc” than this cutesy indirect thing. I’m probably not expressing myself well (I certainly don’t mean to insult anyone who HAS given the answer so far) and/or overthinking this, but just something that came to mind due to my smart remark that made me wonder.
Just to briefly interrupt the misery party, honestly, a thing that gives me hope is the realisation that very small, simple things can bring great joy - so there is reasonable hope of joy still to come.
It’s a cliché for older people (I’m just north of 50) to look at the teens and twentysomethings with a mixture of bafflement and derision. We don’t understand, so we judge. And we forget ourselves at the same age. The result is, we think the world is going to hell.
I disagree. I look at the upcoming generations and I see people who are smarter, more energetic, and more engaged than my own generation was, way back when. I honestly believe that things will begin to improve when the current over-swollen cohort of boomers finally fades and today’s kids get their hands on the wheel.
That’s gonna take a little while, though, and it’ll be a super sucky ride until then. But still.
We got Trump out of office. It took some doing and there’s grumbling etc. but the man is gone. The system worked, ultimately. Lots of other things failed along the way of course, but he isn’t dictator for life. The system had enough checks and balances and enough decent people who put country above party.
I don’t know if the younger folks will do a better job running the country but it’s their turn. That means they spend their energy while the old coots can retire and relax.