It’s obvious that living life without fear is a good thing, but what about life without hope?
Hope often comes with conditions for our mental state. Saying “I hope I will own a house one day” is the pretext for “I’m afraid I won’t own a house one day”. Then when we realize what we hoped for, we move the goal posts—that moment of gratification long since forgotten. Letting go of fear and hope, although that sounds odd to say, helps free you to see what already is.
Overheard from Sam Harris in Waking Up.