In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, we are given a picture of two men’s experiences of life in Africa. Soon after Marlow is told that Kurtz has died, he summarizes his view of life in one long paragraph (p. 70-71). The experiences and reactions of Marlow and Mr. Kurtz that are discussed in this paragraph can be understood as being a temptation towards nihilism.
Lewis writes that infinite joy is offered to us, but we reject it for silly things. How do we do this? Why do we do it? Socrates says that people act unvirtuously only because they act in ignorance. Maybe we do not understand how joy in Christ is supposed to work. We try to understand it, but can’t quite grasp it.