:: Come to You, On Those Cold Cold Nights ::
Is despair an excellence or a defect?
Purely dialectically, it is both.
The possibility of this sickness is man's superiority over the animal;
For it indicates infinite sublimity that he is spirit.
Consequently, to be able to despair
Is an infinite advantage,
And yet to be in despair is not only the worst
Misfortune and misery - no, it is
-- Anti-Climacus, The Sickness Unto Death --