Fowl Language: Sad Hulk
Slugging through. https://somethingpositive.net/comic/slugging-through/ via @choochoobear
Link: How ‘Evangelion’ opened my eyes to my depression https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/06/27/how-evangelion-opened-my-eyes-my-depression/
“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 ;-)).”
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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!
Marius is so depressed he projects his death-wish on everyone else. It’s the only reason he can think of for why Valjean’s at the barricade.