Several days ago, Adcat gave a link to an exceptionally well-written article by Dasha Kiper. The article related her experience of caring for a person with dementia. What has haunted me ever since reading it was her statement ‘Hope is the enemy. Such is the deviousness of dementia: it’s ability to keep hope alive while it’s symptoms signify only futility.’ Nietzsche said that ‘Hope is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man’, but Pope says ‘Hope springs eternal from the human breast’. I wish I’ld never read the article, I hate to think of hope as the enemy, but her argument was too persuasive. Life without hope? What a prospect!