When I brought this up in discussion after our sit, one of our sangha members made reference to a remark she had heard from Maya Angelou, to the effect that Obama has not abandoned us; but rather we have abandoned Obama. I think there is truth to that, but I have been unable to source the quotation online, and wonder if anyone can direct me to its origin?
In a more general way, I have become intrigued by the idea of hope, and what the Buddha might have had to say about it. "Metta" is perhaps a kind of hope: "I hope to find happiness, I hope that all living beings might find happiness..." But I see this as more of a wish, sent out as a kind of energy from the mind into the world out-there, a practical effort to make it happen--which is different, I think, from hope.
Hoping (!) to be more informed on this subject, I tried searching Access to Insight--without, I have to say, finding anything particularly useful. Should we think of hope as simply another delusion? From the Christian tradition in which I was raised, I recall the quotation from Paul's first "Epistle to the Corinthians": "And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." (King James version.) I could easily equate "charity" with "compassion," which is surely also the greatest value of the Buddha's teachings. So far, so good.
But "faith" and "hope" are something else entirely. I equate the former with "belief"--not a necessary value, as I understand the Buddhist practice. But what about the latter? If hope is the desire for a positive outcome, it needs to be realized through effort rather than simply experienced as a kind of aspiration. Good results come from "right effort", not just from good intentions. I cannot cling to an abstract "hope" that my mind creates, or that some other person might seem to be offering me. For it to be of value, I need to work it out, and work it through...