duszek wrote: ↑Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:38 pm
Modern literature has become so ugly and disgusting that it can depress you even more.
I wonder if philosophical writings of a person full of life energy would not have a positive effect on one´s psyche.
Not someone like Sören K. or Nietzsche.
Perhaps a friendly teacher of philosophy ? His kindness will express itself through the way he explains.
Have you ever heard of the GI Joe program? GIGO, Garbage in, Garbage Out. In order for a mind to use Philosophy to escape depression, one has to realize that depression is not an illness but an signal that something is wrong with one's ability to think, to do the job of a mind. If you are simple minded, you chase your own tail imagining that this or that is the cause of depression, unable to see what is true, Today, this moment, is very little different than any other day.
Philosophy can only help you cure depression when you can control your own mind in order to figure out why you are really depressed, and it has little to do with objective reality.
A mind is a symbolic information processor, all it can do is read information with the body, process that information, and write it back to the body as behavior. So, see if you can define the factual mind.
A mind, when functional, is the most powerful life support system possible. Therefore, a mind has a well-defined biologically determined job to perform and well-defined physically determined means of doing its job. The mind controls your every behavior and it can only do this by processing factual information.
A thing is defined by a binary, a relative constrained by correlatives, i.e. a binary construct. By knowing how to use this fact to construct grammar systems by which to do the job of a mind means that you can find the two squared results, Common Grammar, Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. Each of them a method of utilizing binary recursion in a specific manner. So, the only power a mind can have is the ability to make judgments using binary recursion, and since binary recursion can never contradict itself, to claim that one of these can contradict another, or that one can be literate in one but not all, is a fallacy.
Plato called this fact Dialectic, grammar in accordance with the two elements of a thing.
And as binary is exactly the same binary in the perceptible and the intelligible, a mind that functions as the image, i.e. a commensurate pairing, intelligible and perceptible, is functioning. However, there is no such grammar teaching today. Mankind thinks and speaks gibberish, and you do too, garbage out more than you realize.
So yes, if you actually know what philosophy is, as defined by Plato, you can beat depression, but as long as you are delusional, believing you have made it possible for you as mind to do its biologically defined job, when by provable fact, you cannot, it is depression, the only response a mind has to warn you.
Who can stop the GI Joe program? Only you and only you if you are very dedicated to doing it.
Only you can choose to live and eat the garbage. Only you can, by your own effort change it.