Comments: Chanukah: driving out despair

From a Christian POV, despair is a sin because loss of hope is also a loss of faith -- it means that you no longer believe that somehow, some way, God will provide.

It is not, however, one of the Seven Deadlies; those are: Pride; Envy; Anger; Avarice; Sloth; Gluttony; and Lust

Posted by Nora at December 14, 2004 01:07 PM

Hm. That's interesting. What I noticed right after the election did not come anywhere close to despair for most of the people I knew. It was mourning. People needed a few days or weeks to mourn the fact that something that they had poured a great deal of energy and hope into was not to be. After a few weeks, they were ready to pour their hope into the next similar endeavor. But they needed that time to mourn... Mourning, to me, is a time to recharge, to let go the old dream and make peace with it, then pick up life and love and new causes anew. I remember that you commented on the entry that I wrote after the election, that it (or perhaps the people standing together Downtown singing mournfully) was the wrong song. Your comment both confused me and amused me. You know why? The song they were singing, was a protest song, as I mentioned... but you know which one? "We Shall Overcome." Now, yes, those people were very sad, and singing mournfully. But they were singing things that reminded them why they'd fought and what they'd fought for, and why they'd fight again. They were mainly Kerry campaign organizers, from the looks of it. But they were just mourning, and re-aligning themselves with their dream after a very hard blow. What they had just devoted hours and hours of their time to every week for the last several months had died. They had to mourn that death. That takes some time.

I know that it's easy to mistake what I am saying in my entries sometimes... because I don't often say directly what I think politically... I mainly just describe events and what I see. I was very disappointed when Bush was elected. And I sure as hell am not looking forward to the next four years. But it certainly isn't cause for me to stop hoping for and fighting for what I believe in.

I do think you are right though. There were some people who never got past the mourning stage, and have given up fighting. That, I suppose, could be classed as despair. However, having fought serious depression during many periods of my life, I really can't criticize. That is an extremely difficult place to be.

Posted by Melissa at December 14, 2004 07:39 PM

I read:

"1. Superbia-Pride"

as "Suburbia-Pride" and spent a few minutes being confused by the prescience of the old popes, but not at all confused by the correllation.

(Though, actually, envy might be better for suburbia... which is it that causes people to awaken at 8AM on a Saturday and use a leaf-blower?)

Posted by Mer at December 15, 2004 06:59 AM

*snickering at Mer's comment*

Posted by Melissa at December 15, 2004 07:16 AM
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