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What Is Your Biggest Hope and Your Bigger Fear?

Dec 28, 2020
Category Personal

About a month ago, I participated in a discussion hosted by the CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs titled Back to the Future: Lessons for our emerging challenges from science fiction and history.

The moderator was Phil Weiser (Colorado’s Attorney General). The guests were me, Blake Crouch (Colorado-based Author and Screenwriter), Patty Limerick (Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder), and Joe Neguse (U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District – the district I live in).

As with anything Phil moderates, he was well prepared, moved the conversation along nicely, and made sure everyone was engaged.

He ended with a classical question about the future. “What is your biggest hope and your biggest fear?”

I answered at 1:14:18 with my version of a Zen Koan.

My hope is that I can continue to maintain non-attachment to my hopes and fears.

My fear that I won’t be able to maintain non-attachment to my hopes and fears.

A month later this is still my answer. I encourage you to ponder it for yourself.