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crying/feeling withdrawn originally helped ancestors secure social bonds..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
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