I believe hope is part of our existence. I personally don’t like to spend a lot of time living in hope because I think to much hope causes one to not take action on his own behalf. My greater self is life. My presence here is a miracle. We can contribute that miracle to a god, to the universe, or to the accidental combination of elements coming together at the same moment. That we believe in something greater than ourselves is necessary for our consciousness to evolve and for us to go on living when confronted with despair. I believe in the miraculous and the impossible. I have experienced both. I believe in the strength of life and accept death as part of its cycle.
Thoughts are energy and what we think and believe is the energy that determines our actions. Our beliefs will always be challenged by life and maybe that is where faith comes into play. The faith one has in his/her beliefs. Joseph Campbell once remarked that he did not need faith because he had experience. Some think experience is stronger than faith. I do not know. It is a question philosophers, scientists, and theologians have examined for centuries, and it is those differences in beliefs which unite and divide us in the same world. A terrorist and a priest both have faith in their beliefs even if they oppose one another. Most all of the conflicts on this planet today are about differences in beliefs. My invisible god vs. your invisible god. The middle east and many of the African nations are the battle grounds. These same conflicts between men and nations with different ideologies have existed from the beginning of time. I do not have an answer as to why.
I do however have faith, not in a god, but in life itself. I believe that no matter what man does to his fellowman, to the species of the earth, or to the planet itself, life will survive. Perhaps only as the single molecule which started the whole process. Life having existed can never be completely destroyed. I believe the sun will rise tomorrow, that a full moon will appear again in 28 days, and that love is the most powerful force in life. Moreover, I have faith in my belief.