Wholesomeness and Hope I

by N. Natarajan
It is not clear how wholesomeness and hope are interlinked.
Let us explore.
Wholesomeness represents a pure trait or quality, like wholesome food, wholesome habits, character or behaviour. 24 carat gold is considered a standard of 100% purity.  It is free from deceit. It is absolute. Pure.There is no lack. No stains. no falsehood. No pretenses or make believe. No adulteration. Free from perceptions. When we define something by a perception, it is only natural to expect that our perception will be challenged by another perception. As long as we define truth as unique, it is not capable of another meaning. There can’t be a true truth and a false truth by its very definition. No your truth and mine. It is truth, period.
Now is wholesomeness a truth or a just a perception? Can we expect it as a truth, or is it a mere hope? That takes us to the difference between hope and expectation. We say ‘don’t expect too much from me.’ It is a cautious statement about our reliability. There is a fear that I may not be able to deliver. When I am sure, I can guarantee 100% result. Such an assurance is possible only when I know confidentially that what I am assuring or promising already exists or has actually happened. It is like doctor assuring an expecting mother that she will deliver a boy or a girl. (Incidentally this is illegal.) Anyone else can only hope or pray or offer an astrological prediction that may easily go wrong.
Sometimes, what is rated wholesome today can prove to be unwholesome tomorrow. Pure milk is described as a wholesome and complete food. Yet we know many are vegans today and can’t tolerate or shun milk in any form.
What is sauce for the goose is not necessarily sauce for the gander.Thankfully I can describe pure water as a universally consumed wholesome drink.
To return to the current topic, wholesomeness is only a hope, may not be for ever. Hope is after all only wishful thinking.
This is my husband’s take on this week’s Friday 5 On 1 blog post topic. The other four bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are SanjanaRummuser,  Shackman and Conrad.
This week’s topic was suggested by Sanjana. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic.






About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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5 Responses to Wholesomeness and Hope I

  1. rummuser says:

    The Professor is more practical in his approach to the topic than you were. My compliments to him.


  2. Conrad says:

    Like Chuck and I, you see the relative judgments of wholesomeness, but you examine it in other dimensions. I think that to the extent you perceive it in your circumstances and your views, you have some obligation toward it. But i like your understanding that it is neither absolute nor monolithic.


  3. Srinivasa Padmanabhan says:

    Wholesomeness is quantitative. Mr Hope is a cheat, promises without performing. His opposite number Mr. Despair is a slob


    • padmum says:

      Thank you Sir. Very interesting and true. Yet hope has a prominent role our life, like it or not. A drowning man catches a straw in desperation in the fond hope that it will save him. It may temporarily shore up his spirit and ‘unexpectedly’ another man may come to his rescue. Glorious uncertainties!


      • S.Padmanabhan says:

        Madam we are not talking of survival instincts of a man. We can have all the hope in our lives but are they not subject to the ‘glorious uncertainties, you rightly mentioned


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