False hope.... quite an oxymoron isn't it? I had hope for things that I realize will never happen, and now that I know better I don't hope for anything. I just accept things as the way they are. Maybe I have reached a point where I do not have much hope at all, but at least I don't feel like I have been lieing to myself. Studies have shown that depressed people have a more realistic self-image and are more realistically aware of their shortcomings than the non-depressed. This is arguable, but i think it's true. What I do find very offensive is people giving me false hope. Even if it's with good intention. I'm a grown man, i don't believe in fairytales anymore. There will be no mother faerie that will grant me any wish. I know i know, the merciful/charitable thing to do is to give hope where there really is none. It works for some people. But i also believe that when you have been fed false hope all your life, and when reality truly sets in, it will be a much harder transition. Not to mention the feeling of betrayal that will come with it. Is false hope better than no hope at all? You be the judge.