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Christianity &Islam Thomas on 09 Nov 2009 12:01 am

People are better off without false hope

We are told that people need to “fight cancer” and that people with long-term diseases should pray fervently and “never give up hope” because God may deliver a miracle. But is that true?

U-M Research Shows Chronically Ill Patients Might Be Happier if They Give Up Hope

At the time they received their colostomy, some patients were told that the
colostomy was reversible — that they would undergo a second operation to
reconnect their bowels after several months. Others were told that the
colostomy was permanent and that they would never have normal bowel function
again. The second group — the one without hope — reported being happier over
the next six months than those with reversible colostomies.

“We think they were happier because they got on with their lives. They
realized the cards they were dealt, and recognized that they had no choice but
to play with those cards,” says Ubel, who is also a professor in the
Department of Internal Medicine.

6 Responses to “People are better off without false hope”

  1. on 10 Nov 2009 at 9:04 pm 1.Wayne in Woodstock said …

    This is not in any way an illustration of hope, false or otherwise, and, if the operation were indeed irreversible in any case, rather heartless. But all this says is that, absent any hope, people resign themselves to the status quo. Is that the kind of victories skeptics want to win? Not me.

  2. on 10 Nov 2009 at 11:00 pm 2.Anon said …

    Then, if not for this reason, not having false hope is better because you are more likely to come to terms with things in general, or to fight harder to find alternative ways to deal with things.

    Having false hope in God is more likely to make someone sit back and say “Don’t worry, God will fix it.” and not get proper treatment on their own, and then be scared and depressed when no god delivers. Realists and people who come to terms with their situation are more likely to stop thinking about it and move on with their lives, or to look in new dire3ctions to try to find away to “save” themselves from their situation.

    False hope usually leads to disappointment, realism usually leads to peace.

  3. on 11 Nov 2009 at 12:28 am 3.Wayne in Woodstock said …

    Yikes, Anon. I am not sure former POWs or women who suffered abuse would agree. Even false hope leads to trying (yes, I think the study methodology was flawed, and the results suspect). Hope in God doesn’t always lead people to sit back (see Dietrich Bonhoeffer), nor do they always become scared and depressed, because hope isn’t dependent on good outcomes. Hopeful people are realists, too. Realism alone doesn’t always lead to peace. Sometimes it is a false peace, too.

  4. on 12 Nov 2009 at 12:06 am 4.Tom said …

    I completely agree, People are much better without false hope, to have your faith in that which cannot ever be true, or to believe such impossible theories or philosophies .

    This is why I reject all views of faith that say there is no God, those who deny a creator have absolutely no way to explain all we see in this world and universe, and have no way to expalain the things we know are there but cannot see.
    The faith it takes to believe that everything came from nothing is beyond comprehension and those who believe such things are caught up in a false hope that is illogical and ultimately great damage is done to the proponents of this hope and those they influence . PEACE

  5. on 21 Nov 2009 at 4:04 pm 5.Anonymous said …

    I JST WNT TO SY THT THE THNGS YOUVE SED WERE OL WRONG PEOPLE WS NOT EIBLE TO RECEIVE GOD ANSWER IS BECAUSE OF LCK OF F8T.. I JUST SED THT THE PROBABILITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT WILL GO TO HEAVEN IS THOSE PEOPLE THAT PRAY.NOW I AM TELLING YOU THAT THE MOST THING YOUVE DONE IS TO DECEIVE PEOPLE NOT TO BELIEVE IN GOD. YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE. TURN BACK FROM YOUR SIN and He will forgive you..use your heart not your mind…when i have a problem i feel the wrm embrce of God. God bless

  6. on 21 Nov 2009 at 7:31 pm 6.Biff said …

    I is athist cause der aint no god cause i nver diz see won. you chisians are all jsy stuped!

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