sadness: natural reaction to a difficult situation… external cause is a relatively new idea

word melancholy from black bile..

melancholy necessary in gaining wisdom

he that increases wisdom, increases sorrow.. (burton)

melancholy allows us to understand other more profound emotions.. like beauty and joy

crying/feeling withdrawn originally helped ancestors secure social bonds.. as opposed to ie: anger/violence… could bring people closer to suffering person

suffering felt by others like how we experience it..?

i measure every grief i meet w probing eyes… wondering if it weighs like mine or has an easier size- dickensen

the way people talk about pain – sorrow not universal… ie: heart break vs bruised heart

on using tech to eliminate sorrow

david pierce – genetic engineering sad ness away.. paradise engineering… but is there something sad about a world w/o sadness..

best way to deal w this emotion.. is to articulate it… to try to express what feels inexpressible..

hope is the thing w feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune w/o the words and never stops at all – dickensen


via Maria:

In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity

How the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life.

which i fell into via


3/31/16 6:30 AM
Descartes, born 420 years ago today, on how you know you exist


mental health