How to use "stopping" as a tool in wise practice. Kindness and goodness are parameters to measure our practice. Stories of the Buddha including "a wise ape teaches kindness." Discussion of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
Referencing her own experiences, Sylvia explores the stories we make up for ourselves to substantiate or justify certain views (opinions) that we hold about things -- some to the point of making them into "truths." After considering the possible origins of these views, Sylvia exposes the profound suffering caused by holding these views and the stories around them. Taking it a step further, she wonders: What is the relationship between hope and opinion? Is it wrong to hope or is it part of the nature of the human organism? Perhaps, she concludes, it is the solidified view we hold around a hope that causes suffering.