I keep thinking of The Last Jedi. The first time through was grueling, watching the relentless assault of the First Order as it tried to snuff out every last bit of hope. The scenes with Rey and Luke were a relief because he was “only” depressed, not doomed.

I keep thinking of The Last Jedi. The first time through was grueling, watching the relentless assault of the First Order as it tried to snuff out every last bit of hope. The scenes with Rey and Luke were a relief because he was “only” depressed, not doomed.

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But Luke eventually regains enough hope to take action. And enough of the Resistance is able to survive, keeping the spark of hope alive. And their legend survives, passed from Rose & Finn to a stable boy on Canto Bight, who’s already fanning that spark.

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The whole movie is about hope: whether you’ve lost it or someone is actively trying to stomp it out, as long as it exists, you can hold onto it. That hope that, to quote another trilogy, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

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Doom and gloom alone aren’t enough to help us deal with climate change, or any of the other problems we face. Fear sustained turns to despair, and to inaction – because why bother? We have to celebrate successes to keep hope alive so we can keep going.

Doom and gloom alone aren’t enough to help us deal with climate change, or any of the other problems we face. Fear sustained turns to despair, and to inaction – because why bother?

We have to celebrate successes to keep hope alive so we can keep going.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-doom-and-gloom-wont-help-us-fight-climate-change/2019/08/16/0d0bf0fa-b880-11e9-a091-6a96e67d9cce_story.html

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We do need to know what we’re up against. We need to understand how serious the stakes are. But we also have to believe that what we do will – or at least can – make a difference.

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Definition of a tropical depression, according to NOAA

“Tropical cyclones with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 17 m/s (34 kt, 39 mph) are usually called “tropical depressions” (This is not to be confused with the condition mid-latitude people get during a long, cold and grey winter wishing they could be closer to the equator ;-)).”

https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/A1.html

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I finished #LesMiserables today. 6 months’ worth of lunch hours as I found, time and …

I finished #LesMiserables today.

6 months’ worth of lunch hours as I found, time and again, that a 150-year old book set 200 years ago on another continent continues to be relevant in ways I wish it wasn’t.

I wish everyone had the time and patience to read it. I think a lot of people would gain valuable perspective from it. Or maybe not. There are people who read & watch superheroes & take the use of power as the lesson, not the efforts to help the powerless.

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I’ve been posting more on birdsite than here, and collecting my thoughts on my blog. For the previous read-through I ended up doing way too much plot summary, but this time I managed to keep focused on reactions and (some) analysis

Recent posts include Javert’s breakdown and the way Valjean’s ending tracks with a descent into depression.

No one accused it of being a happy book.

https://hyperborea.org/les-mis/

#LesMiserables #books #amreading

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Late lunch. Going to escape from reading about current events by reading about how the hero of the book ultimately succumbs to depression & self-loathing, cuts himself off from his loved ones & starves himself to death.

Late lunch. Going to escape from reading about current events by reading about how the hero of the book ultimately succumbs to depression & self-loathing, cuts himself off from his loved ones & starves himself to death.

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Valjean’s steps to remove himself from Cosette & Marius’ family are infuriating…

Valjean’s steps to remove himself from Cosette & Marius’ family are infuriating: he doesn’t need to do that!

But you can’t argue with depression.

It’s the beginning of a downward spiral: he’s come to believe Cosette’s better off without him.

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His internal struggle, trying to decide whether he can accept the place offered in their household, is presented as the same type of struggle as Digne, Arras, etc: what kind of man will he be, and will he put others ahead of himself? But I can’t read it the same way.

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While there is a practical question: the law might one day still catch up to him, even though Javert is no longer a threat, it’s flimsy. There’s no real question of whether he’s harming other people by his choice.

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It’s no longer about sacrificing himself to help others. It’s about self-sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice, because he feels deep down that he doesn’t deserve happiness. It’s the lingering impact of his 19 years in prison, how he was treated & what he became.

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His decision to leave is presented as his conscience winning out. But I disagree. It’s the triumph of the prison system that condemned him for stealing a loaf of bread for 7 starving kids. He’s free in body, but still there in spirit.

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Despite everything he’s done, all the people he’s helped, the way he transformed other lives the way the bishop transformed his, Valjean still believes he’s the scum of the earth, just like Javert did.

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So all the entreaties from Marius & Cosette & even Gillenormand that Valjean should stay can’t compete with the voice of his “conscience” – really his depression – telling him “they’re better off without you.” And he pushes them away.

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And everyone is worse for it. Himself included. But he simply sees it as proof that he was right: he doesn’t deserve to be happy with them.

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I want to take Valjean by the shoulders, shake him, tell him he’s being an idiot, he doesn’t deserve to cut himself off, he’s loved here…

But depression doesn’t work that way.

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Telling people to ignore/power through depression/anxiety/etc. is like telling them to ignore low battery alerts. Even if it works for a while, they’ll eventually crash. Workarounds are like battery saver mode: helpful, but not as good as fixing the app drain, battery or charger.

Telling people to ignore/power through depression/anxiety/etc. is like telling them to ignore low battery alerts. Even if it works for a while, they’ll eventually crash. Workarounds are like battery saver mode: helpful, but not as good as fixing the app drain, battery or charger.

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@natecull I think The Last Jedi pushes back against this. Poe fits the description a …

@natecull I think The Last Jedi pushes back against this. Poe fits the description a lot better than Luke does, and his whole arc is learning that it’s a problem. Finn’s a counter example. And I see Luke more as someone dealing with depression and trying to push everyone away than someone who equates being a jerk with heroism. And even then part of the point is that he has to push through it.

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Javert kills himself because he realizes that his world view is wrong, and he can’t see a place for himself in the world he’s discovered. Valjean sinks into depression and stops eating because his world has changed, and he can’t see a place for himself in the new one.

Javert kills himself because he realizes that his world view is wrong, and he can’t see a place for himself in the world he’s discovered.

Valjean sinks into depression and stops eating because his world has changed, and he can’t see a place for himself in the new one.

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Valjean has wrapped up *way* too much of his sense of self-worth in his role as Cosette’s father. That’s what makes the prospect of losing her seem like such a threat. If he could handle the transition, they’d be fine, but he doesn’t, and falls into severe depression.

Valjean has wrapped up *way* too much of his sense of self-worth in his role as Cosette’s father. That’s what makes the prospect of losing her seem like such a threat.

If he could handle the transition, they’d be fine, but he doesn’t, and falls into severe depression.

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The secret history of Facebook depression

“The key to understanding social media depression lies in the social norm that has emerged around how we manage Facebook’s context collapse in a way that is acceptable in all contexts. That social norm is being your perfect self. And the consequence of that is we are all performing our perfect selves, thus all making each other feel depressed and inadequate.”

The secret history of Facebook depression

To early users, the internet held such promise for people and communities. Now, on the eve of Facebook’s 15th birthday, social media is making people depressed. What happened?

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History: We tried this and it screwed everything up.Scientific method: Every time people try this, it screws everything up. Maybe try something else & see if it works better?GOP: Let’s do it again!

History: We tried this and it screwed everything up.
Scientific method: Every time people try this, it screws everything up. Maybe try something else & see if it works better?
GOP: Let’s do it again!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/30/im-a-depression-historian-the-gop-tax-bill-is-straight-out-of-1929/

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Valjean also dies because he gets so depressed that he stops eating or drinking.

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