Autodidact: self-taught

Jun
03
2010

Noonday Truth

by V. L. Craven

From Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression :

[Maggie Robbins] “You don’t think in depression that you’ve put on a grey veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you’re seeing truly. You try to pin the truth down and take it apart, and you think that truth is a fixed thing, but the truth is alive and it runs around. You can exorcise the demons of schizophrenics who perceive that there’ something foreign inside them. But it’s much harder with depressed people because we believe we are seeing the truth. But the truth lies.”

But the truth doesn’t lie–people that are clinically depressed have a clearer view of reality. They did a study (I believe at Harvard, but it may have been another university) where they had ‘normal’ people and depressed people play a game where you kill zombies. At the end, they asked everyone how many they had killed and the depressed people were more accurate than the non-depressed people, who wildly over-estimated their zombie-killing effectiveness. This suggests that the normal folks are the deluded ones.

There’s a bumper sticker that says, ‘If you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.’ Perhaps it should say, ‘If you’re not depressed you’re living an illusion.’

People need hope in order to get out of bed in the morning. That makes sense, really. But when you’re depressed everyone else appears to be toddlers–oblivious to reality. You want to kill their inanity and show them the truth because you’re seen it. Welcome to the Church of Low Serotonin. Witness our truth and drain the colour from your world.

One Response to “Noonday Truth”

  1. Maggie Robbins Says:

    Depressed people have the facts right.

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