point

The whole evolutionary point of depression was to serve as a call for extra support from the group.  Modern hyperindividualistic methods of treating depression often don’t work.  It is easy to see why, everyone naturally does (and indeed is expected to) optimize for individual happiness and that involves staying far away from anyone that could bring you down.

Hope vs. Conjecture

I go to a church service every once in awhile and they usually talk about hope.  But the people use conjecture when assessing my future (which there really isn’t one) and reject me.  So I choose to use conjecture instead of hope.  I figure if it’s good enough to be used on me, it’s good enough for me to use.