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Lawrence L Piper
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
work for the cure of pain
in everyone, for we all
have at least some,
exaggerated in our minds,
and may think we walk alone...
llp - mar'09

Current Residence: Southern NH, just down the street from the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center where i worked through the 70s before getting fired and barred for life from my career for participating in the 'PATCO strike of August 1981', [google it if you're curious]. i loved that job. Pres Reagan terminated 12,000 of us with a knee jerk stroke of his pen.
deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium
Print preference: index finger?
Favourite genre of music: alternative
Favourite style of art: surreal
Operating System: windows 7
Wallpaper of choice: Alexandra and guess who
Skin of choice: quite pale
Favourite cartoon character: road runner
Personal Quote: from he to whom much is given, much will be required.
“You Have Every Reason To Be Depressed”
Oct 26 2014 @ 5:35pm
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Art Rosman re-reads Walker Percy’s mock-self-help book, Lost in the Cosmos, noting that Percy “does not think that depression is merely a problem to be medicated away, but rather a rational response to the state of our world”:

Let’s start with how Percy takes a quick stock of modern life by answering the question why so many people are depressed:

Because modern life is enough to depress anybody? Any person, man, woman, or child, who is not depressed by the nuclear arms race, by the modern city, by family life in the exurb, suburb, apartment, villa, and later in a retirement home, is himself deranged.

We could add any number of deranged situations to the list: the growing income inequality gap, any number of looming ecological disasters, terrorism, the disappearance of the extended family, Ebola, AIDS, the fertility crash, and so on.

Rosman goes on to cite a brilliant passage from Percy’s book that elaborates on this notion:

Now, call into question the unspoken assumption: something is wrong with you. Like Copernicus and Einstein, turn the universe upside down and begin with a new assumption. Assume that you are quite right.

You are depressed because you have every reason to be depressed. No member of the other two million species which inhabit the earth—and who are luckily exempt from depression—would fail to be depressed if it lived the life you lead. You live in a deranged age—more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.

Begin with the reverse hypothesis, like Copernicus and Einstein. You are depressed because you should be. You are entitled to your depression. In fact, you’d be deranged if you were not depressed. Consider the only adults who are never depressed: chuckleheads, California surfers, and fundamentalist Christians who believe they have had a personal encounter with Jesus and are saved for once and all. Would you trade your depression to become any of these?

:shrug: pip

  • Mood: Neglect
  • Listening to: my thoughts - [always]
  • Reading: 'Four Views on Free Will' - Blackwell Publishing
  • Watching: MSNBC - [in the background]
  • Playing: godlet - [amateur]
  • Eating: nothing - [being out of crow]
  • Drinking: black coffee - [always]



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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle: Basically for being awesome in comments. :)
alapip Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
oh, i'm just opinionated is all... ;)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Writer
I appreciate you faving my work - many thanks!
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Thanks for the :iconswingonastarplz:
BlackBowfin Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Kind thanks for the fave, buddy.  :)
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Thanks for stopping by!
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Thanks, Pip!
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Well I just feel ridiculous not having put you on my devWatch all of these years - till now! :ohmygod:
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