Boy isn’t that an understatment!! I have isolated myself from the “outside,” world for a while now and am being pushed back into it by circumstances. I appreciate that I am, because I am not as scared as I thought I would be.
My friends and most of my culture isolate and supposedly most of the people in this culture are not suffering. If people are not suffering, then why are reality shows so popular. Why as Bruce would say, are there “Fifty seven channels and nothing on?”
“However, understanding of it may lift you up somewhat.” My dear friend is in the process of isolation. He is suffering as he thinks that something is “wrong,” with him. I thought that I too was defective because I did three plus years of isolating. What I am starting to see is that I am/was breaking the “karma,” that my family has carried for generations. I am grateful that I only know three generations back on my Dad’s side and only one on my Mom’s side. I know how troubled my forefathers and foremothers were and I dont need to know how troubled any generations beyond that were. I have enough to know that my Dad’s Mom died in his arms when he was taking her to the hospital. I dont need to know anymore about my grandfather and his abuse of those around him. I experienced it firsthand.
“In the case of psychological suffering, which always isolates the individual from the herd of so-called normal people, it is of the greatest importance to understand that the conflict is not a personal failure only, but at the same time a suffering common to all and a problem with which the whole epoch is burdened.” This goes against what I have been taught. A lot of people I know want to say that my depression shows that there is something wrong with me and me only. But the more I learn and the more I listen, I see that “we,” are suffering. If you dont think so, then go to a mall and watch the people walk by.*
Quotes by Carl Jung. *My friend Brian said this to me the other day.