Do you think you are addicted to a diet of hope, asks Eusebius

Show host Eusebius McKaiser says he has been grappling with a question and he would like answers.

Do you think that you are addicted to a diet of hope? This is a question I have been grappling with in my Mail and Guardian piece for this week.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He adds that to an extent this question is not original, as many writers, filmmakers have also asked this.

To try and psychologise us South Africans, it is a dangerous thing to do as national psyches are weird constructs because there is no such thing as a nation, there are only individuals inside a nation.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He says there are certain kinds of tropes that are very peculiar to the United States of America for example like 'rugged individualism'.

Read: Eusebius remains skeptical of politicians promises during election season

The belief that the world owes me something, the world should be so lucky to have us as Americans. I can do it, and I work hard, and I can achieve anything. The land of opportunities.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He says he thinks that South Africans suffer from a hope mindset.

Even though we are capable of being depressed very easily but what reigns us back in, is a diet of hope and I want to put hope on trial today.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

What I mean is, Bafana qualifies, we get optimistic that our soccer will be turned around. You get told that there will be no load shedding for a week, we get optimistic about that.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

We are told that there is no water crisis for no in Cape Town, you get optimistic that things will be ok.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

You are _gatfol _about Jacob Zuma ruining the country, you get optimistic and hopeful about the Nasrec moment.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He adds that he would like to honour 'hope' as he thinks it is a functional value and it is important.

But for goodness sake, you can't eat hope, and at some point, hope must be constrained by reality. And I sometimes wonder from those of that say don't be a party pooper, I don't want to take that away.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Even myth-making has a role to play in traumatic societies that are trying to recover from a tumultuous past.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I want us to have an honest conversation, are we so desperate for good news that we eat too much from the diet of hope?

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Watch below and hear Eusebius pose this question about hope:

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