There Is No Need for Curing Depression

Depression is not an illness. It’s a natural, common and expected sense of overall pointlessness of most of what we do.

* Most jobs we pretend or fool ourselves into being excited about are totally pointless.
* The parties we are excited about are full of flaky people who we will never seek again after having a small talk about nothing.
* These restaurants you love dining at are overrated and overpriced.
* Most dates you are going to are boring and don’t lead to anything meaningful.
* A new i-phone or a tablet is not going to cut it.
* Juicing and yoga won’t give your life the meaning you are looking for.
* The self-help books won’t say anything new this year that hasn’t been said before.

Drinking and traveling is the last resort. Although seemingly completely unrelated, they bothΒ  seem to provide temporary relief from depression. That’s why we keep drinking and and trying to run away from ourselves to all the distant, exotic lands. We keep telling ourselves that staring at pyramids, rivers, and painting makes us more cultural and open-minded. But it hardly does….

2 thoughts on “There Is No Need for Curing Depression

  1. πŸ™‚ Someone a little blue on Valentine’s Day?

    Your comment about traveling stung a little πŸ™‚ I will admit that I do get bit by the travel bug coincidentally when I am feeling bummed out. πŸ˜‰ And I have accused the less traveled of being narrow minded. But I think I know where you’re coming from. In general, that is the case – a lot of people get on tourist buses and come back and say, “I am more enlightened.”

    ?

    I think there are two kinds of traveling: sightseeing and immersion. The former doesn’t do much other than accumulate pictures for Facebook. But when people immerse themselves in an unfamiliar environment by staying with the locals, hanging out with the locals, and doing everything as the locals do, it has a different effect. From our own transformation, we start to realize, in a very tangible way vs. theory, that the environment really does shape a person and we come back with a better understanding of why people believe what they believe. It will no longer be shocking to learn why one culture pays 80% in taxes and another continues to be corrupt. We may disagree, but we understand the forces that shape the people better, again, in a very tangible way.

    I know you know that. It’s the troll in me that just had to add this comment. πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ What good would this blog be if it didn’t sting. After all, that’s one of its purposes. Traveling is great, but judging or evaluating someone’s open-mindedness by how much they travel is a bad idea, as it’s just one of many factors, and certainly not the most significant one that contributes to our growth. Sure, leaving a small town, seeing bigger cities and realizing that there are different ways to do the things we like to do is great. It is especially useful to those among us who think that we here, in the US, know how to do everything better than others. Traveling around and see that there are better ways to do things or even live will contribute to our humility – one quality we seem to be known for lacking. like your distinction between sightseeing and immersion. The latter necessarily requires spending more time at any given destination and becoming part of the local community whether through volunteering or working there.

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