Feelings and impressions are powerful drivers in relationships. Their impact can be creative, or destructive. Usually, we only start to think about things like trust and respect when they are lost or threatened. That's a bit late, but it's never too late.
The Steenscrabe is a mythical creature, and it only works at night, bringing hope and insight to those fortunate enough to be selected. If you have never heard of something does that mean that it can't exist? To put it another way, if something doesn't exist does that mean for certain you'll never hear about it? Myths and legends hold a special place in our minds whether we realise it or not. They shape who we are, even though we may never be aware of their influence.
Are things as they are, or just as the seem? I've written before about labels, maybe 'hopeless' is just another one.
It’s all very well for people to try and cheer us up with proverbs about hope, but when we hear something that doesn’t fit our view we tend to reject it. There is another route out of hopelessness though, and the great thing is that you don’t have to understand it (or believe it), to appreciate it.