For every cigarette, there is a lollipop, and for every act of violence or despair, there is a moment of sheer comic absurdity.
despair, on the other hand, creates no circuit of dependency.
I highly doubt that anyone not already in a state of despair would look to war as an antidote to Godlessness.
early 14c., from stem of Old French desperer "be dismayed, lose hope, despair," from Latin desperare "to despair, to lose all hope," from de- "without" + sperare "to hope," from spes "hope" (see speed). Related: Despaired; despairing; despairingly.
c.1300, from Anglo-French despeir, Old French despoir, from desperer (see despair (v.)). Replaced native wanhope.