- Mental Health
What Good Can Come Out Of Misery
A Midnight Carol
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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