A stinky dog is not a fine thing to have in your nostrils! You can’t think, and you are stuck in the philosophies that you had before the dog stink began! Tis the worst, dear fellow, to feel obligated to a stinky situation. And why should it not?
There is quite a bit to hope for. Humans have made astounding progress in the last century: airplanes, cars, computers, the Internet. We are accelerating. You’re part of that, in a small but meaningful way.
From my personal experience looking at the world, I see human apes caught up in their heads. They usually aren’t looking around with wonder, but engage in only short glances.
We aren’t beasts. We can recognize our own awareness and divinity. Look down at your hands and you can see the Homo ancestors in you.
Hunger forces the trivial away. It focuses you on the basic problem of existence. It gives you a proper perspective.
How can you stay hungry if it’s painful? A purpose to the pain will help you weather your situation. Why are you doing what you’re doing?