“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”―Confucius
Or at least, not always.
Education breeds knowledge. Knowledge can make you stand up and shout and stomp your foot, because here is your evidence, here is your fact, here is your goddamn certainty that this thing here is so.
Knowledge can also make you sit down and shut up because you know, you know that you are a human and have the capacity to be astoundingly wrong.
Knowledge breeds awareness. And sometimes, awareness can breed doubt.
Confidence can breed hope, but confidence can also breed hate. Confidence carries with it the offspring of swagger, a dangerous little bugger if not raised right. Confidence can slay its ancestor, replacing a birthright of knowledge with a reign of blind and willful ignorance instead. Confidence will sometimes shut its ears like that.
Hope is taken for such a quiet little thing. Hope will placate. Hope will soothe. Hope will take your rumbling shores and show you where to dock your anchor.
But hope is about weathering all that.
Hope is the thing that will stand up and fight in the night. Hope is the thing that will make you push on, even when the winds blow so hard as to strip you of all your armor. Hope is being able to stand naked before the world and say that still, you have these hands to fight with. Still, you have this mind within you. Still, you are on your feet before it all and you, against the odds, are not yet dead. Hope does not need reason. Hope does not need bravery. Knowledge and confidence be damned, hope will lean on crutches of desperate abandon and wavering limbs.
Hope is sometimes about reconciliation, but it is always about risk.
Hope may bring peace,
but it may also bring a body count with it.
Hope is no quiet, quivering mouse.
Hope is a lioness with her claws not yet out.
Hope breeds strength,
bodies strung with humming prowess.
A brood of capacity that pads noiselessly in the dark –
silent only until the kill.
Hope births the drive to sate the grumbling emptiness of a stomach,
and peace is not always what fills a belly.