Humans have various ways of coping with extended stress, and one is the anticipation of a better time

The Evolution of God P. 179

Humans have various ways of coping with extended stress, and one is the anticipation of a better time. Here, as with retribution, there is often a kind of symmetry: the more intense the stress and the more hopeless the situation, the more fabulous the coming times that are anticipated. In extreme form, the result is apocalypticism — revelations of a day of salvation, often at the end of time, when long-delayed justice is finally delivered.”

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