Saturday, July 30, 2005

Jumping At Shadows

A couple of weeks ago, The Washington Post reviewed Peter D. Kramer's latest book, Against Depression (see "There's Nothing Deep About Depression", an essay adapted from the book). The reviewer (and, I guess, the book) made an important point:

The opposite of depression is not happiness, but resilience.

"Obsessions Rule Compulsions' Fool, a song ostensibly about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, touches on this point:

Cast adrift upon the ocean of life
Every breeze is a storm.
I've got no rudder and I've got no sail
Don't know which way I am going.

Feel buffeted upon all sides
North and South
East and West.
Tossed about
Left and right
Up and down.
My mind can't get no rest.

Every breeze is a storm ...

[Ocean Storm]

"Ocean Storm"
by Joyce Wright


At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was such a nice, and indeed, comforting quote from Middlemarch that you posted on Digby's site...

And you've got a pretty nice blog going here too... I very much enjoyed your wonderful entry on your mother... would that all mothers were like her...


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