Is hope just a tool to help us deal with reality or does it actually help forge a new reality?
I think hope is a double edged sword in our set of coping mechanisms. It is what we do when we have no idea what else to do. When we cannot see our way out of a situation hope can keep us going until better circumstances come along. Contrarily, It can keep us at a course of action that is in fact quite useless. It is irrational as are all the emotions and has the same advantages and liabilities. I think rest and reflection or useful action is a better response than hope as it (hope) can be a substitute for positive actions cerebral and physical.