“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


“The worst part of depression is that it narrows the field of vision into a very small tube so they can't see the options.”   Adam Kaplin, Johns Hopkins

This is utterly matter of fact and accurate. It's not even a metaphor. 

Maximum tube compression as far as I've been concerned: five minutes into the future and five minutes into the past. 

You need time to write...you also need a feeling of (expansive) time...

The human being finds it hard to survive if their temporality is restricted to a diameter of ten minutes.

Again, there is an ecological resonance here: agrilogistics compresses temporality to diameters that are dangerous to lifeforms, including humans.

PS: Wow: 

Each year, 34,000 people commit suicide, about twice as many deaths as caused by homicide -- about one death per 15 minutes. By 2030, depression will outpace cancer, stroke, war and accidents as the world's leading cause of disability and death, according to the the World Health Organization.   Huffington Post

Thinking that you or they can snap out of it is addiction speak, akin to what Gregory Bateson calls the “heroic” style of alcoholism. I can master myself. 

The trouble is, of course, that this thought is itself depression

1 comment:

Casey said...

I think looking at Charles Peirce's notions on habit and understanding his pragmasticism are one way of escaping this box.

Recognizing that all of our ideas and emotions are in the final analysis just partial and singular representatives of a much larger pattern, and a phenomena of truth that will never be fully present.