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hope is a paradox

Noting that it was Collins [not Stockdale] that referred to it as a paradox, it becomes more clear to what such reference refers. It's not so much the need to simultaneously bear and keep separate two elemental notions of preservation, as I don't believe Stockdale [or perhaps anyone] could or would have seen that by itself as a paradox. Stockdale's wisdom though, placed in the context [as seen by Collins] of Stockdale's having said that the optimists perished but not he, provides the paradox [however momentary] that Stockdale considered himself not an optimist.

Hope is nothing,
momentarily beneficial,
but fully embraced is death...