Posted by raisinb on March 22, 2009, at 15:36:06
In reply to Re: Depression as a brain homeostatic reset, posted by linkadge on March 22, 2009, at 15:30:30
To see/create larger meaning in life or experience.
To quote Deitrich Bonhoeffer: "There is no such thing as a nonreligious man," i.e., there is no man who does not believe in something larger than himself that creates meaning to his life.
We could see depression as the loss of this ability to create meaning.
From my point of view, it does not matter whether God or any other religious being does or does not exist. What does matter is an individual's ability to achieve hope and a meaningful narrative of the trials and beauty of his life. Religion can serve this need for some, but it doesn't have to be that.