What is the Difference Between Sorrow and Despair?

Counterfeit Gods

Quick notes in passing from Tim Keller’s book, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters

“There is a difference between sorrow and despair. Sorrow is pain for which there are sources of consolation. Sorrow comes from losing one good thing among others, so that, if you experience a career reversal, you can find comfort in your family to get you through it.  Despair, however, is inconsolable, because it comes from losing an ultimate thing. When you lost the ultimate source of your meaning or hope, there are no alternative sources to turn to. It breaks your spirit.”

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