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Unformatted text preview: or love and possession, if it is a well-centralized goal toward which our main energies are
bent, and then seems suddenly impossible to reach, there is a corresponding paralysis of energy.
Here is where a great difference is seen between individuals and between one time of life and another. There
are some to whom hope is a shining beacon light never absent; whatever happens, hope remains, like the
beautiful fable of Pandora's box. There are others to whom any obstruction, any discouraging feature, blots
out hope, and who constantly need the energy of others; their persuasions and exhortations, for a renewal of
energy. Here, as elsewhere in life, some are givers and others takers of energy. In the presence of the hopeless
it is hard to maintain one's own feeling of energy and that is why the average man shuns them. He guards as
priceless his own enthusiasm.
Curiously enough, when energy tends to disappear in the face of disaster to one's plans, a tonic is often
enough the reflection, "it might have been worse" or "there are others worse off." Though one rebels
against the encouraging effect of the last statement, it does console, it does renew hope. For hope and energy
and desire are competitive, as is every other measure of value. So long as one is not the worst off, then there is
something left, there is a hopeful element in the situation. Similarly a certain rough treatment helps, as when
Job is told practically, "After all, who is Man that he should ask for the fulfillment of his hopes?" A sense of
littleness with the rest of the race acts to bring resignation, and after that has been established, hope can
reappear. For resignation is rarely a prolonged state of mind; it is a doorway through which we reenter into the
vista-chambers of Hope.
 A humorous use of this fact is in the popular "Cheer up, the worst is yet to come!" This acts as a rough
And one clearly sees the benefit of a belief, a faith in God. "Gott in sein Mizpah ist gerecht," cries the
orthodox Jew when his hope is shattered,--"God's decree is ju...
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