Badiou’s Hope (By Way of Saint Paul)
Against this classic judicial eschatology, Paul seems instead to characterize hope as a simple imperative of continuation, a principle of tenacity, of obstinacy. In Thessalonians I, faith is compared to striving (ergon), and love to grueling work, to the laborious, to the troublesome. Hope, for its part, pertains to endurance, to perseverance, to patience: it is the subjectivity proper to the continuation of the subjective process. — Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: the Foundation of Universalism
Hope not as wish for future judicial outcome, but as an element of the ongoing process of fidelity to (a) truth. Hope is perseverance, which along with faith (striving) and love (working) forms a radically subjective and universal process which is liberated from desire, the “wish” that defines a particular and judicial object.