Hope is like eating a laminated menu that says “ribeye” while a perfectly good hamburger is sitting right in front of you.
Hope is like saying, “Nah, I don’t want happiness right now. I’m going to give it away to some imaginary future that I may never see. I refuse to be happy until then.”
What if circumstances get worse as you hope for better ones? Won’t that make you even more miserable?
There’s a difference between hoping and looking forward to something. In the latter, you don’t put your salvation in the future. You’re just curiously excited about the things to come.
Hopelessness gives you the opportunity to be happy right now, regardless of your circumstances.