Sunday, March 9, 2008

In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson

American culture's overemphasis on happiness misses an essential part of a full life
Ours are ominous times. We are on the verge of eroding away our ozone layer. Within decades we could face major oceanic flooding. We are close to annihilating hundreds of exquisite animal species. Soon our forests will be as bland as pavement. Moreover, we now find ourselves on the verge of a new cold war.

But there is another threat, perhaps as dangerous: We are eradicating a major cultural force, the muse behind much art and poetry and music. We are annihilating melancholia.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please check out these references which point out that the urge to unbounded ecstatic happiness IS the PRIMAL motive of ALL beings.


Plus a reference which describes how we are "educated" to be miserably unhappy---our normal dreadful sanity, of worse than quiet desperation.


A dreadful sanity which inevitably results in the situation described in this essay.

Unhappy people inevitably play the scapegoat game, and now in 2008 on a global scale.

Have you read the news?