Our culture promotes and rewards idealism, optimism, persistence, and heroic efforts...even in the face of palpable failure. This course will examine issues faced within a life stuck in a quagmire or actually on an irreversible downslope. Learning to identify, accept and face hopelessness and defeat is a skill-set rarely taught or considered important to know in our "can-do" and "failure is not an option" culture. This course will draw on examples from family life, business and military ventures, career paths, health decisions and science. Class discussion and personal sharing are expected.