26 November 2010

How to cope

Maybe these pharmaceutical companies are on to something. You can't change the world but you can feel better about it. Who needs freedom when you can have benzodiazepine or other habit-forming drugs? It's kind of seductive, this notion that you can take a pill and it won't matter what unpleasant circumstance you find yourself in, you will just be able to cope. Equanimity in a pill bottle. The Calvinist in me thinks this is just wrong - people were born to suffer. The bohemian in me thinks this is just wrong - alcohol and illegal drugs at least offer the possibility of a good time and no prescription required.

I don't know about the lady in the picture, but I can start to feel pretty stressed when I think about all the scary stuff going on in the world. Environmental and economic collapse and war-mongering all over. But it is possible to be fully aware of all the crap that's going on in the world and not feel utter despair without resorting to drugs. It's quite simple, really. Just let go of the idea that there needs to be a happy ending and life becomes much less stressful. Kind of like watching your second Coen brothers movie. Cultivate a sense of the absurd and just reading the news becomes black comedy. Once you realize that this won't end well, but it never does so you might as well enjoy the moment, then everything becomes a lot easier to bear.

Oh, and take a walk. It's better for your health than nihilism.


  1. "Cultivate a sense of the absurd"

    Damn right.

  2. Hi Bev. I don't have (all) the answers but I thought you might find this review thoroughly frustrating:


    Personally, I like Chris Hedges' books, mainly because they depress the hell out of me. Does that make me a joyless moping fool? Nah. Neither does it make me run (walk, amble) to my nearest scrip-writing shrink's office.

    If you're not a little depressed by things, you're probably not paying attention, is my thought.

    BUT: how did your fermented veg turn out, eh?

  3. Thoroughly frustrating is right. I haven't actually read any Hedges, and I'm not sure I will. I'm kind of off doomer porn lately - I think I overdosed a couple of years ago. Ignorant bliss isn't my style either, though.

    The stinky veggies turned out very well, but a little goes a long way. I've got a plain old batch of sauerkraut on the go now too. Thanks for asking!



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