Living our lives in hope is what most of us try to do, but continually politicians do their best to crush our aspirations by restricting our potential. They are skilled at the subtle use of fear, dressed in vacuous political speak.
The same can't be said of the leader of the No campaign against independence for Scotland. Alistair Darling and his cronies have decided fear is to be there weapon in their campaign to convince undecideds to vote No.
Do they really believe that people will be impressed by such scaremongering? As for mentioning children in this manner, I find that rather sinister, but children have been used in many campaigns recently - the global warming one is an example - and few have protested.
Today he's also expected to say:
He's implying when Scotland becomes independent we will be cut adrift from families and friends in other parts of the UK. I must remember to buy a stack of notelets to send to family and friends living outside Scotland to bid them a fond cheerio.
The No campaign have employed the services of an American company to promote their message and this morning lucky rail travellers could find themselves in possession of their first campaign leaflet, which will be handed out at railway stations. None for bus travellers I note.
The leaflet will highlight the one in five workers employed by English firms in Scotland and also the 800,000 Scots who live and work in England and Wales 'without the need for papers or passports'. I find it hard to believe that anyone will be intimidated by the threat of 'papers or passports' given that now, in the UK, you need both to open a simple bank account.
So the campaign will be one of hope versus fear. No surprise really as the unionists have nothing to offer the Scots apart from the 2012 Scotland Bill, which offers little improvement to the status quo.
But the unionists have one deep seated fear and that is anyone asking them what they have to offer other than ensuring they won't give our children a one-way ticket to nowhere. They have no offer to make on further devolution and excuse themselves by saying discussions will take place after the referendum. The people need to know exactly what they will be offered beforehand.
There was a distinct hint of pretentiousness when Michael Moore was asked the question on yesterday's Sunday Politics (at approximately 43 minutes). If you listen until the end of his interview, you will hear him contradict himself by saying 'let's have a simple straight forward proposition, resolve that, and then we can get on and work through the remaining issues of what more powers we want for Scotland'.
Now we know the unionists will offer nothing but fear.