"DEPRESSION IS MERELY ANGER WITH OUT ENTHUSIASM" - Steven Wright
Don't see any posts here for a few days? Chances are I am feeling over-whelmed and self-medicating by watching Thin Man movies or something. The insanity is coming so fast and furious that it feels exhausting. Walking by smiling people at work and in my neighborhood who over-whelmingly support our self-destruction and our reduction to slaves of The State just gets too bizarre. Watching the Manchurian Moonbat Messiah encourage attacks on our nation, and wondering whether MY family will be hit in the first nuclear attack wears me out.
But that is no excuse and that is not the way to live.
Johnny Rotten had a poppy lil' disco number years ago where he kept chanting "anger is an energy." It IS an energy, and now more than ever, we need that energy to prevent sinking into apathy, exhaustion and depression.
Noisy Room talks about just that:
People, after sustained exposure to anxiety, become exhausted. This exhaustion leads to grief (sadness), hopelessness, and apathy. (People fond of the “conventional wisdom” of Big Medicine call this “depression.”) And therein lies the true danger.
Sad, hopeless, and apathetic (or “depressed”) people are ineffective in any kind of struggle for survival, and that has great strategic value for someone trying to subjugate a population. If you are the Borg, you continually make it clear that resistance is futile. Once you can get that to stick, the rest of the conquest is pretty straightforward. With little or no resistance from the conquered, you can now overwhelm them, and impressing your dogma schtick upon them (at gunpoint, if needed) is easy enough (Big Medicine has a name for that, too, but I’m not into psychobabble)....
So, is there a place for hope? The expectation that things really can get better, that we can get some relief, instead of the wishin’ for fairies and unicorns? Yes there is.
Here are some secrets you should keep close to you: anger is closer to survival than apathy; it is healthier to be antagonistic (confrontational) than to be afraid; and the path up from the darker emotions of apathy, grief, terror, despair, fear, and anger passes through pain — yes, it’s also an emotion — before you can climb through the thickets of hostility and antagonism to find the emotions where success and survival really live: interest, cheerfulness, enthusiasm.
So, when the people who simply want you to be quiet (you know, graveyards are quiet), sit down, shut up, and go back to your TV, tell you that “anger is bad” and you mustn’t be “hostile” or “confrontational” because, hey, that means you’re a nut job and a hater, feel free to ignore them.
Realize that the people who would keep you in chains want you to be anxious, afraid, sad, exhausted, and hopeless, so they can take care of you. When you know that your emotions are the weapon being used against you, then you can regain control, shake it off, endure the emotional stings and jolts as you rise from the depths to take back your life....
It’s okay to get mad. In fact, it’s necessary.
Hmmm.....maybe I should start dustin' off those ol' punk rock records from time to time.
I do believe this is going to be my new, personal, Tea Party anthem. Watching it years later I am amazed at how the lyrics so perfectly apply- the only line I'd change is "I could be wrong, I could be right" to "I could be wrong, but I'm on the right."
Check it out and then (non-violently) go out and kick some ASS: