Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.
Point of View
I like this quote because it tickles my sense of balance. Does “Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt,” have an opposite that makes sense?
All-or-nothing thinking is not logical. We know this instinctively, unless we’re under the influence of despair. With despair, everything is tainted. Despair is an evenhanded destroyer. Unlike hope, despair numbs us to all but itself.
Hope is messy, disorderly, and it lies: hope is not all we need. The poor who are starving and have love are not better off than the rich who are not starving and do not understand love. I’m sure you have your own examples. Wishing, faith and positive visualization won’t make the good thing so: you have to get in there and work at it. Unlike faith, hope cannot afford to be unwavering – some of those trembles tell us where to find our deepest cares, where to get in there and do the work, where despair is so obviously impractical.
Here’s a paradox for you. Though despair can seep into any crack and seem like it’s everywhere, hope only needs one isolated pinpoint of possibility to become the light at the end of the tunnel. After seeing that light, reality hasn’t changed, but the point of view has become infinitely more practical.
Hope is practical.