staying alive

This philosophical diary keeping is helping me stay alive. (Today is a depressed day.) It has so far been able to minimize the strength of my depressed moods by reminding me that i can write about the fact of my being sad, which is a means of purging the mood itself. At times this new ethics simply serves to perform the function of a good listening friend. As an added feature, you cannot really encourage your feeling bad for yourself since you are constantly striving to write about yourself as if from someone else’s perspective: the vicious circle of self-pity is broken by the fact that you must generalize your case while attempting to formulate a solution and cannot therefore talk about your feelings so as to generate more such feelings; you must rather cooly reflect upon your feelings – which in turn cools your feelings down.

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