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What is boredom exactly?  Are we so over-stimulated that regular activities just don’t give us sufficient stimulation anymore?  Those with depression often deal with boredom but boredom is not merely being depressed; many individuals experience this phenomena despite living regular happy lives.  Is boredom a side-effect of this instant-gratification culture?  Is it a symptom of the culture?  More and more people are experiencing boredom everyday.  Direct contact with the boring, the mundane, the inescapable.  Direct confrontation with the droning and monotonous; an aspect of life that many of us know all too well.  Sitting in your car at a long red light, on your boring drive home from work; sitting in bed on your computer while it’s raining, with nothing to do.  I am in a state of boredom while I write this post, but I am forcing myself to complete it. 

 

 

Silence

The way of not speaking

it stands before you plainly

it is begging for your attention

silently of course

It came before, and so must you return

silence in its exacting fullness

all the many mute tongues

of the sages

all who surely know

so wise yet not saying, anything

nothing at all

speaking is one step away, after another

after another

stop right now

and retrace your steps

to find that source

that sacred place

before lips move

where non-utterance is saying

all that needs to be said

come from that place

where all words have their origin

where words will align

with that great wisdom

you will then speak

from the heart and with the soul

empathy,

 

The Other

beware of “those people”

they are dangerous

they are a different breed

they are not like us

lets form a group

lets take a stand

they are taking our land

They do not belong here

I for one see

that they are not like me

I want them out of existence

they are not worthy

of being

of sharing the same Earth

the God that shines on me

also views them as not worthy

my mind separates, categorizes,

and forms distinctions

I don’t know them

yet I’m spinning illusory webs

in their direction

I take that as real

but in all reality

they are just like me

if I took the time

to get to know them

but hold on right there

that takes work

I’m a lazy man

plain as day

for all to see

possibly

even proud of my ignorance

a dangerous game

but why worry

it takes introspection

possibly changing

so why bother

it is much easier

to look at them

as

The Other

 

 

What is the nature of depression?  Why are so many people these days depressed?  First of all, there is situational depression and long-term depression.  Situational depression can happen for a slew of reasons.  Loss of a job, loss of friends, a traumatic event like a mugging, the fact that you like someone and they don’t like you back.  I will be instead focusing on long-term clinical depression; the depression that you cannot merely shake off; that stays with you through thick and thin; no matter what.  When the brief moments of good times don’t really compare to the massive black cloud always hovering over you.

 

In life, there is suffering; it is inevitable.  Some people unfortunately experience more suffering than others. 

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