Monday, July 24, 2006

Darker beauty

An alternative view from Thomas Moore: Gifts of Depression.
The soul presents itself in a variety of colors, including all the shades of gray, blue, and black. To care for the soul, we must observe the full range of all its colorings, and resist the temptation to approve only of white, red, and orange - the brilliant colors.
Care of the soul doesn't mean wallowing in the symptom, but it does mean trying to learn from depression what qualities the soul needs. Even further, it attempts to weave those depressive qualities into the fabric of life so that the aesthetics of Saturn [the Roman god once identified with melancholy] - coldness, isolation, darkness, emptiness - makes a contribution to the texture of everyday life.