Posted by SLS on March 22, 2009, at 13:55:31
In reply to Re: Depression as a brain homeostatic reset, posted by linkadge on March 22, 2009, at 13:06:37
> >You have no idea how many times I have thanked >Him for the blessings that have allowed me to >survive such a crushing illness while >maintaining an optimistic outlook and an >appreciation for all the joys and positive >forces that this Universe has to offer. I have >been blessed with positive energy.
> I always find it interesting the types of things that people consider "gifts from God".
Yes. It is interesting the types of things that some people take for granted.
> For example: "We are blessed by God in Canada to have all this wonderful clean drinking water".
> But, the thoughful person then asks themself.
Yes. I am a thoughtful person. And I, too, have often asked:
> Why would God bless this country with clean drinking water and yet give another countries disease infested refuse potty water to feed to their children till they end up getting sick and dying?
I have found an answer to this dilemma that is routed outside the Western religions' concepts of God.
That God is, does not necessarily prevent nor justify trajedy. That is why I try to take nothing for granted. The more things that I deem are gifts, the wealthier I become.
> For every blessing that you think God has given you, there is another person (who is logically as diserving as you of the same blessing) yet is left without.
This is a Western concept. To me, it seems linear and bipolar. I find it more productive to think of things in terms of matrices.
> Most people create an image of God in their mind which is not entirely logical.
According to whom?
It seems illogical to me that one can fathom existence without God.
> God, you see, is a neural construct by some indivudals
As are all semantic representations that evolve from the human mind.
> to believe that there is something or someone responsible for the good things. Perhaps it makes them feel in control of their lives.
Any positive control that I have in my life is a gift and another blessing. It is a personal achievement. Thankfully, I have achieved much, despite depression. For this, I am grateful and indeed blessed.
I am usually quite happy, even in the presence of depression. If this is a sickness, may I never recover...