Pessimism, much of it centered around the inevitability of death, is not everyone's cup of tea. But I found Schope's pessimism invigorating and celebratory--in that he presents eloquently and meaningfully the negativity in me and others. I believe there is a place for unabashed pessimism, excitingly delivered. It is an antidote to the required positivism that is expected, as if negativity is only acceptable if it culminates in a hopeful and inspiring statement. I too need to feel joy and happiness and that not everything is bleak, but I also feel enthralled that someone out there, presents another viewpoint.
I also find Freud's writings on the Death Wish stimulating and expansive. His thinking on this subject has become a strong reference point for me. It is not, however, rooted in pessimism as is Schope's book; it is rooted in psychological reflection on the condition of man.