In response, I cited her work as an artist, a director, a creative person:
I said to her; "no one can create, who does not have hope."
This, she thought, was very true—and seemed struck by the genuineness of what I'd said. What I'd meant was, that in order for their to be any chance of someone putting in the work to make something—to take a project, a goal, a dream (such as a movie, a book, a comic, or any other work of art) from conception to completion—that person would have to hold in their heart some concept of a stable future, some thought that even if this work was not guaranteed to pay off, that it might, or at least there was a decent chance that it would or could be completed if it were to be begun at all.
things we wish would happen
characters we wish we were
For example—using the first Animus: Rites of Passage comic book—the story is structured such that we are meant to wish we were a skilled archer, as Pellos is, physically…or morally, we might wish were as faithful as Pellos, standing guard in his tower. Either way, we express or feel hope in who we could be.
What about darker stories?
What hope is there in that? The hope, dear friends, of finding some expression, some relief, from holding some part of ourselves away from the light, hidden, in "the closet" (as it were). To see these things, these lost parts of ourselves, hidden treasures we have kept secret in the utmost unseen reaches of our hearts and minds… is to feel the chance of being whole.
And that, I say, is the greatest hope of all.