Those who keep up with the news may have heard already... Sandra Cantu out of Tracy, 8-yr old girl missing for a week, has been found... DEAD.
The honest truth... If it's a stranger abduction, the child is usually dead within 24 hours, if not 48. After a week, there is virtually NO hope of the child returning home alive, unless the perp was looking for long-term enslavement, and most aren't dumb enough to take the chance.
So why do people keep on hoping the impossible? It's known as "faith", or "trust in superior being", if you will, that there really IS a higher purpose, even though we may not understand it, everything DOES happen for a reason. And you must hold out hope for the best outcome UNTIL it is no longer possible.
If you have no hope, and thus no faith, then why live a life at all?
Which brings up another interesting point... Faith the word is derived from Latin, Fide and similar forms. Remember the Marine saying "Semper Fidelis", or "Always Faithful"? It's interesting that faith doesn't quite translate into Spanish... It's simply "fe" in Spanish, like "Santa Fe".
Makes you wonder if the monks made up the word "fe" to teach the masses?