If your intellect is freed from all hope in things visible, this is a sign that sin has died in you.
Sayings such as this one fit well into what I have read in many other religious, social, philosophical and even a few political works. However, our too uniform mistake is to “trust” in the conformities we see among all of those. By abandoning the nonconformities in each stance your and my error is in fitting those words to ourselves instead of striving to understand what each was saying.
Personally, I assume a position similar to Starets Silouan’s. My remaining in the hell of this life, refusing to reject it right along with dismissing acceptance of it bespeaks of how I see St. Isaiah the Solitary’s words.