What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams, and we search in vain for their original. Much would have been gained if, through timely advice and instruction, young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.
How many demons and people are enslaved here? (jericho) define slavery. (asmodeus) kept against their will. (jericho) good definition. counting me? (asmodeus) why not? (jericho) probably a couple of million…you know it’s really hard to count to a million, plus they’re always dying and new ones are coming in. i tried to count once, but it got really depressing so i stopped. the constant adding and subtracting. not my forte, really. (asmodeus)
By the angel, bridgets depressing, said henry, setting down his newspaper directly on his plate and causing the edge to soak through with egg yolk. Charlotte opened her mouth as if to object, and closed it again. Its all heartbreak, death and unrequited love. Well, that is what most songs are about, said will. Requited love is nice, but it doesnt make much of a ballad.
In order to learn true humility (i use this expression to describe the state of mind under discussion), it is good for a person to withdraw from the turmoil of the world (we see that christ withdrew when the people wanted to proclaim him king as well as when he had to walk the thorny path), for in life either the depressing or the elevating impression is too dominant for a true balance to come about. Here, of course, individuality is very decisive.
There's a certain kind of neurological makeup that goes along with being a writer, and having been in the room with a few other writers at the same time, it's rather wearing to be around. And it does - there is a kind of hypervigilance about it. Unfortunately it's got disadvantages. If you turn that hypervigilance on yourself and, for instance, whether or not you have a pimple on the end of your nose, it can get really depressing.
I was twenty-one at the time, about to turn twenty-two. no prospect of graduating soon, and yet no reason to quit school. caught in the most curiously depressing circumstances. for months i'd been stuck, unable to take one step in any new direction. the world kept moving on; i alone was at a standstill. in the autumn, everything took on a desolate cast, the colors swiftly fading before my eyes. the sunlight, the smell of the grass, the faintest patter of rain, everything got on my nerves.
To the taoist mentality, the aimless, empty life does not suggest anything depressing. On the contrary, it suggests the freedom of clouds and mountain streams, wandering nowhere, of flowers in impenetrable canyons, beautiful for no one to see, and of the ocean surf forever washing the sand, to no end.
We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle; for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. And those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going are a very powerful body; they will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends.
In the history of the world many souls have been, are, and will be, and with a little reflection this is marvelous and not depressing. many jerks are made gloomy about it, for they think quantity buries them alive. that's just crazy. numbers are very dangerous, but the main thing about them is that they humble your pride. and that's good.