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  •  Great post, Spencer. Anyone who has wrestled (9+ / 0-)

    with depression has had to deal with the feeling that "there is nothing new under the sun," but sheer curiosity about what will happen is a good reason to go on living.

    I have to admit that when I saw your post, I immediately thought of the narrator in "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." In his case, the dilemma was whether to kill himself or become an immortal fish-frog and live in the ocean.

    •  Whenever faced with that decision, (10+ / 0-)

      always go with immortal fish-frog who lives in the ocean.

      "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ~ Samuel Johnson

      by Spencer Troxell on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:32:37 AM PDT

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    •  Immortal fish-frog for sure! (5+ / 0-)

      They're fish and they're frogs!

      I'm fairly certain they are several rungs higher than us on the evolutionary scale.  Topped only by birds, who you know, can do it all.

      Birds fly, they swim they walk.  They crawl on their belly like a reptile. Oh wait. That was Little Egypt. Birds create. They build. They dance. They sing.  

      I have it on good authority that the hula was created, mimicking the mystical albatross (who fly through the holes in time and space). And that's the trooth!

      I voted for the human beings.

      by denig on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:10:56 AM PDT

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    •  I think that this is good advice for those (8+ / 0-)

      who might consider suicide due to depression.  (As a fellow sufferer, although of the monopolar type, I get it and agree.)

      The problem, however, is that many commit suicide out of desperation: due to economic straits or to emotional or physical tortures.  Curiosity won't be the reason to keep them going; this rationale is good mainly for "them that's got."

      Hell, wanting to see Game of Thrones through to the end would probably be enough to keep me from committing suicide due to depression alone!  But science, as well as art, does provide another good excuse.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."

                                                             -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:03:13 PM PDT

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      •  I love your post :) (1+ / 0-)
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        I just have to say we are not all the same. Curiosity requires being able to experience joy in indulging that curiosity, but major depressive states often prevent one from feeling joy at all. It really depends on the personality of the sufferer, I think.

        I have not watched Game of Thrones at all, but I read the books and all I can say from reading those is it made me want to kill myself more knowing I'd have to read more of it. Just sayin... there is a reason I had to stop reading.

        “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

        by RadicalParrot on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:30:11 PM PDT

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