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Sunday, March 22. 2009
Why I’m Not Depressed
From Bruce Kesler -
My respected blog-friend Scott Johnson of PowerLine writes “Why I am depressed.”
Scott Johnson also refers to Victor Davis Hanson’s “Thoughts About Depressed Americans.”
Both Johnson and Hanson, in effect, point at frustration at both external events and at our own behaviors. They are correct. And, for me, they are incorrect. Depression comes from frustration with non-attainment of unrealistic objectives and inadequate actions to overcome.
I’m not depressed. Mostly because I’m a glass-half-full type, with the life experience that with difficulty and pain has seen and been shown that it is.
Depression implies a fixation upon the perceived negative forces at work, with a tendency toward paralysis of action to change them or our self. These are unconstructive and self-defeating attitudes and behaviors.
Avoidance of or ending depressed feelings and behavior comes from attitudinal resilience and from engaging in efficacious actions.
No doubt, we’re in a mess, both of our own making and by others, and many in our political and societal elite are making it worse, with potential dire consequences. Still, one must recognize the resilient strengths we have. Forty-eight percent did not vote for Obama, despite a perfect-storm in his favor, and current polling shows him losing support, and even his allied media are having to take some notice of his excesses and lackings. The
Scott Johnson, however, seems to recognize the negative feedback felt by being ignored and powerless to be efficacious. Those who’ve argued long and hard for greater sanity do not feel recognized with success or able to measurably change that. Are they heading to a new version of tuning out? I don’t think so. But, what is needed instead is even more diligence and exertion, particularly in new ways – sane ways -- of engaging themselves and others.
Many are working at that. Real change takes a while, in fits and starts, through trial and error, but relies ultimately upon faith in oneself, in one’s beliefs, in the decency and sanity of others, and thus in outcomes.
I’m not Pollyanna, but even prefer that to a depressed hole. So I’m not depressed, but energized. I know it works.
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Half full? Half empty? Depends upon whether you're talking about a nice single malt or pickle juice.
In a time where so much is being made about our first black president, Ann Coulter made the following observation in her column of 2/25/2009:< br>
” But as long as the nation is obsessed with historic milestones, is no one going to remark on what a great country it is where a mentally retarded woman can become speaker of the house?
I believe that the luster is off of Pelosi's achievement, in light of the prior eight years of having a retard for a president.
I'm equal parts depressed and energized. I'm depressed that people still think these nitwits in charge are somehow "good" for the country. That they are somehow going to "fix" something that isn't broken. This is depressing, to realize many people are, in fact, idiots.
However, I know these idiots need people like me - who recognize how to make things work and accomplish real things that benefit society. We are the people who do real work day in and day out, in spite of having our money confiscated by parasites in Washington DC. We are the people who keep our ears, eyes, and minds open when the politicians are trying (successfully in many cases) to close them. We are the people who will help the country recover when these parasites are finally purged from the system.
This makes me optimistic. In the meantime, before my skills are called upon full time, I am depressed...because people are stupid.
Sir, I am angered and saddened by your writing. You act as if the hard working people of this country, who were laid off by your oh so efficient, bonus out the yahoo payouts to execs, nationals, are the bad guys who have done nothing to contribute to their country! Shame on you! I worked my tail off for ABC News for 7 years and was shown the door because Michael Eisner needed a 750 million dollar bonus! Now I can't get a job in my industry anywhere! So, I obviously do not contribute! Oh, god I want to punch you!
I have no idea what you are trying to say here, though I take it you were employed at one point by a company that was in the kommunikashons business?
Joel, you see the financial world as a zero sum game, divided between winners who take and losers who are taken from. As long as you believe your job went to Mr. Eisner's bonus is how long you will be mystified by what's happened to you.
"We simply are ashamed of our profligacy;..."
Speak for yourself, Mr. Johnson. Who is the 'we' he so liberally uses in that paragraph?
I'm experiencing intellectual withering from pundits who think they know it all. Shut up.
"I can't keep up and I can't stand to pay attention." He's talking about Obama, but he's also part of why a lot of us are tuning out because we can't keep up or pay attention to the likes of his ilk telling us what's wrong day after day after day.
Oh, for a real leader to rise up and rally us back to galvanizing what is the DNA of the American people: Individualism and a willingness to fight for the liberty to exercise it.
``I feel utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combines infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity in roughly equal measures.''
Anybody who comes up with such an apt description is not depressed. He's attacking.
An apt description is not a solution. It's one thing to belabor all that is wrong about our government, particularly the president, and completely another to come up with a plan of action to actually do something about it.
I think that is what has a lot of people depressed and feeling helpless: We don't have a leader who can turn this endless complaining into offensive, reliable action that will accomplish something.
Don't complain unless you can offer up a realistic alternative. Hot 'n bothered conservatives are eating their own right now when they should be searching for a leader who will take no prisoners.
Ron ...The "O" combines "infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity" with a profound lack of curiosity about past history and persistent inattention to the basics of present-day factual knowledge about the world. This is the man who said during his campaign that the USA had 57 states. Today it emerges that he recently wrote a letter to former French President Jacques Chirac and pledged to cooperate with France on areas of mutual interest. Evidently he doesn't know that Sarkozy has been President of France for two years.
Not only did he fire all his diplomatic protocol counselors [the Gordon Brown fiasco] there is apparently nobody home at the White House staff who knows anything current about America's trading partners.
God only knows what will happen to us. Pray for us.
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