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Rats and hope: a biblical perspective.

"Scientists in a laboratory attempted an experiment to measure the power of attitude in rats. They wanted to see how attitude affected the will to live.
One rat was placed in a large tub of water with sides so high it could not get out. The tub was placed in a dark room. They timed how long the rat would keep swimming before it gave up. The rat struggled to survive for a little over three minutes, then it gave up.
The researchers then placed another rat in the same tub. This time, however, a bright ray of light was allowed to shine into the room. The second rat swam more than thirty-six hours, seven hundred times longer than the rat with no light.
Why was that? The rat with no light had no hope. He saw only darkness. There was no reason to keep swimming." 
The story is so well known that I am not sure what the original source was so I can't vouch for the scientific accuracy of the results.  However, Victor E. Frankl the psychiatrist and Auschwitz survivor noted the same phenomenon with humans in captivity.  Those without hope, who had know aim or purpose to strive for, could not survive.  Of course many with hope and aims also died through physical means but without hope there was no... hope.  

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