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What Good Can Come Out Of Misery

Updated on July 23, 2010


Charles Dickens

A Midnight Carol

 " There comes a time in every man's life when, no matter how hard he has worked, how honestly he has labored, how bravely he has tried to defend his beliefs he ought to consider giving up." First line, A Midnight Carol, Patricia K. Davis.

This is probably one of my favorite quotes. It sums up in one sentence the fact that when Charles Dickins went about the writing of "A Christmas Carol" he himself was about to lose everything and his children would end up in the very workhouses he wrote about.

It is an excellent read, but this is not about that book, it is about the fact.

Imagine us growing up without A Christmas Carol. What if Mark Twain, and Teddy Roosevelt, The Bronte sisters, and Martin Luther King had given up also? I was raised with stories and qotes of Benjamin Franklin, what if he too had given up?

Just take a moment and imagine a world where John Lennon never wrote "Imagine".

Indeed, what man among us does not know the name of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. What girl has never heard of Jane Eire and Scarlett O'Hara. What about Heathcliff and Kathy?

The Bronte Sisters had to publish under assumed names, decidedly masculine names as a female writer would not even get her manuscript read in their day.

In answer to the question, does depression help creativity, that answer is yes.

These feelings come from the amount of injustice being done moment by moment, in every corner of the world where "civilization" exists. It hurts us (because we have hearts). Appalls us (Because we have consciences). It makes us sad, gives us the feeling there is nothing we can do because "I am just one person" and the helplessness of it all, makes us so depressed that we want to sleep. Then Sleep, the only solace we have, betrays us with nightmares! (Dickens' Plot) or evades us and we cannot even bare to eat. ( Wuthering Heights plot)

Without injustice, greed, politics, poverty, ad infinitum, there would be no depression to hold us down until we say "No More!" Then we get up and make a pot of coffee and stay up all noght to write some moving piece. A piece that we fill with all of our heart and soul, a piece that even if it gets us killed, must come out. (Martin Luther King, John Lennon). Just in case that piece might change the world, one person at a time.

Misery motivates people to write songs, books, movies, form organisations and unions. It motivates people to do all sorts of creative things. Things that in their shear beauty, move us to try harder to be better.

Laid Off and a Single mother, She was inspired

Misery and Poverty Motivates People

The above video has been sped up a bit, a new song was added and the tears from the audience pretty much missed. Slower versions are available, and lots of places to find out more. If you want the interpretation I will add it later, just let me know. Essentially it is the story of The Ukraine before During and after World War II (which they call the great war).

I am sure that if you look you will find inspiration all around you. Write when you do.

When you "need to be sad" be sad and do not be ashamed of it. When you have been sad long enough you will rise up again and fight the good fight to change the world, one person at a time. Or take over the world, (if that makes it change for the better), one person at a time.

This hub, which will probably be added to as I am OCD about my Hubs, is dedicated to:

  • Pinky and The Brain lovers everywhere.
  • All of my followers, and those yet to come; the Hubbers I follow and those I have not yet found.
  • And to those without whom it would never have been written, The Hubbers I have met in the Forums.

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    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Brianzen, for reading and commenting. This was a hub I wrote in answer to a question posed by a friend. She was really down, and as it turns out it helped to put things in perspective.

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      8 years ago

      Suffering only yields one positive, It helps us learn to push in the opposite direction. (we stop banging our heads against the same obstacles and relief is immediate.)

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wow, it looks like we have a bit in common! I wish you luck with your quit as well. It is nice to have a meeting of the minds! So nice to know there is someone else who understands! Big Hugs to you Sunshiney! I have to go, but I will see you later!

    • Sunshiney31 profile image


      8 years ago

      Oh you are so welcome Faybe Bay I have alson very recently quit smoking and yes it does make for some ups and downs. Well kudos to you! Really I wish us both luck on this new journey.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sunshiney! I hate to think anyone is having a bad day, but especially someone with the name that spreads light and love everywhere she goes! I have been down lately too. I quit smoking, which can really cause mood swings! I'll be right over to your hubs to visit, that will likely help me! I know that getting this message helped me already. Thank you!

    • Sunshiney31 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks Faybe Bay so much for these simple reminders of how our lives can change and grow for the better even though the situation around us may scream something different.I really needed this today so thanks again...

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Dolores, I needed this today more than any other day. I was quite busy falling apart. Thank you.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Faybe! Well thank you! Since I love Pinky and the Brain, this one is for me too! And as I fight off and on mild depression, and just love the folks you mentioned (wrote a hub on Emily Bronte, talk about obsessed)this hub really clicked. Darkness can lead to creativity as long as the depressed person has the wherewithall to actually get up and do something. The passivity that is a hallmark of depression can get in the way.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Just doing my part. :) Thanks sophs.

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      8 years ago

      Love this! Thanks for sharing Faybe :)

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      bonetta hartig 

      8 years ago from outback queensland

      good hub - there is nothing like being down to get you reaching for the stars.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Sa Toya, me too. Necessity, the mother of invention.

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      Sa Toya 

      8 years ago from England

      Loved this. It is so's always the coldest before it gets warm :)

      I often feel most inspired at my lowest.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I will get my daughter to send me an email, and post the long version as well, for you.

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      Sara Tonyn 

      8 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

      As a fan, a forum member and a Pinky and the Brain lover, I thank you for writing such an insightful hub. Also, I'd like to see you add the interpretation of Kseniya's work if you have a chance. Thanks again! :)

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      Pooja Sharma 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      Thanks Faybe


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