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number of studies in the psychological literature that suggest just the opposite.  These studies say that hopefulness and happiness both require you to unconsciously spin the world in overly positive and often, self-deceiving, ways.

So what dare I hope?  For nothing grand, Iím afraid.  World peace and the end of hunger may come, and Iíll be very happy if they do, but Iím not going to torture myself hoping for them.  No, I limit my Nietzschean torment to little selfish things.  LikeÖI hope someday my daughter, Micaela, has the tattoo on her legówhich sometimes reminds me of Picasso's Guernica turned on endóremoved, so I donít have to keep looking at her with a hand over one eye.  I hope one of my three 10-minute plays, all of which received honorable mentions in prior Boston Theater Marathons, is produced this year.  What fun that would be!  And, finally, a big selfish one:   I hope Hildy stays healthy.  For that hope, Iím willing to endure a lifetime of tormentósuch is the nature of love.

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