If there is a chance of hope, then it is already there. Hope needs nothing more to exist than the very faintest glimmer of chance. Hope can be very strong, even if that chance is irrational, bordering on insane. Hope itself won't get you where you want to be, that is, don't trust hope and chance to win the lottery and raise you out of poverty. The function of hope is to keep your spirits high enough so that you can figure out a way to do it yourself, to keep you from giving up, and to keep you alive. People with hope tend to live.