The Antonym Of Hope

The December 5th edition of This American Life featured three haunting audio stories on the topic of regret. Host Ira Glass introduced the topic by noting the persistent nature of long-term regret: “Some regrets never go away. People tell us they forgive us, we try to forgive ourselves, and we still know like we did wrong, like we hurt somebody, it was real. And that feeling, it can immobilize you. If you’re lucky, it teaches you something you can take into other situations. But I think often it’s just like this pebble in your shoe. It teaches you nothing. It doesn’t slow you down, really. It just hurts. It just hurts in a way that does not stop hurting.”

Glass then addressed those who insist they have no regrets. “If you don’t have regrets, it means you haven’t screwed up, it means you haven’t had your heart broken, it means you haven’t been bloodied, it means you haven’t failed. Like, why even live? Why even live a life?”

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