Climbing on the table full of empties (fallen_scholar) wrote in polloftheday,
Climbing on the table full of empties
fallen_scholar
polloftheday

Is despair merely the absence of hope? Put differently, which of the two views are more accurate: there two discrete and opposed emotions - hope and despair - that each provide contrasting force against one another, like some arm wrestling match within someone's psyche or that there is only one emotion - hope - but the lack of it we call the emotion of despair, in the same way that when a car is out of fuel, it's out of fuel, not full of non-fuel.

I realize it's a matter of semantics. The practical difference may be non-extant. If you're on the fence on it, assume a "more like ____ than _____." Since it is a matter of semantics, I'm really interested if anyone would conceptualize different words for the pairing, or pairings.

Poll #1464079 Two Emotions

Is despair the absence of hope?

Yes. Despair is the emotion of the lack of hope.
14(25.0%)
No. Despair is the presence of an emotion apart from (but contrasting to) hope.
42(75.0%)
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