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By Vincent Vycinas

Creation to Heidegger's inspiration, particularly, his later part.

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But we must not forget the criticism to which we have previously subjected the We might say that a natural optimism before which reflects exists, everything else the perfect functioning of the organism, but which may also correspond to a thoroughly egoistical desire to husband one's forces, to save oneself useless confused notion of vitality. anxiety for as long as possible; it goes without saying that this natural optimism is not to be confused any more than theoretical optimism with hope. The latter appears to us as inspired by love, or perhaps more exactly by a combination of scenes which this love conjures up and irradiates.

It is A METAPHYSIG OF HOPE To 4! the truth, I have no doubt that the comparison I have suggested will appear paradoxical and absurd. In the case of patience there is question of a being, but here we are not dealing tell with a being but a situation which in its essence has nothing personal about it. On reflection, however, the gap tends to narrow, perhaps because I can hope or not hope in the being of whom I am in a sense in charge, and we shall have to ask ourselves if "I place my hope in you" is not really the most authentic form of "I hope '.

The truth is that there can strictly speaking be no hope except when the temptation to despair exists. Hope is the act by which this temptation is actively or victoriously overcome. The victory may not invariably involve any sense of effort: I should even be quite ready to go so far as to say that such a feeling is not compatible with hope in its purest form. What then does it mean to despair? We will not stop short here A METAPHYSIG OF HOPE 37 with symptoms and signs. What is the essence of the act of despair?

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