The Self-indulgence of Despair?

18 Jan

I was taken aback this morning by reading the phrases “a self-indulgent state of gloom” and “the self-indulgence of despair” in Robert Corin Morris’s “Hope Springs Eternal,” Weavings 27:2 (2012): 5. He is not claiming that all despair is self-indulgent. He is, however, wanting to argue that remaining in despair is “‘a sin against the virtue of hope.'”

So far as his argument goes, I have to acknowledge that my own proclivities to despair are self-indulgent. I am pondering Morris’s affirmation (p. 6):

At the very heart of Reality there is an ever-springing energy that faces down discouragement, an energy that translates into human terms as “hope.” The God of always-springing hope has our backs when we are tempted toward hopelessness, and is both the ground and goal of our deepest hopes.

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