21 Jan 2011

The bright side of depression and failure

I agree with this:
If someone told me that I could live my life again free of depression provided I was willing to give up the gifts depression has given me -- the depth of awareness, the expanded consciousness, the increased sensitivity, the awareness of limitation, the tenderness of love, the meaning of friendship, the appreciation of life, the joy of a passionate heart -- I would say, "This is a Faustian bargain! Give me my depressions. Let the darkness descend. But do not take away the gifts that depression, with the help of some unseen hand, has dredged up from the deep ocean of my soul and strewn along the shores of my life. I can endure darkness if I must; but I cannot live without these gifts. I cannot live without my soul."
From David N. Elkins's Beyond Religion

1 comment:

Mister Kurtz said...

Nicely said, but a false dichotomy. Depressive illness affects the lives of everyone who counts on you, loves you, wanted the attention the disease stole away. It can managed without losing who you are. Certainly not always, but more often and more easily than in past decades.

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