Depression Responder

I’m cleaning up my computer and found this intricate piece of writing from a few years ago. It might prove to be of some use during the current pandemic situation.

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Dear valued correspondent,

The nature of our digital reality compels me to let you know that my online availability is limited, for personal health reasons.
I have developed some symptoms of DSM5 depression (depressed mood, feelings of worthlessness, fatigue, decreased appetite, concentration problems, see ), but do not actually suffer from the disease. Depression still doesn’t get the recognition we need to give it, so I decided to compose this email responder.

I believe my symptoms may have been caused by perceived meaninglessness (with 2 academic degrees the only way I have been able to earn money, is by translating things like consumer manuals during the last 15 years (I am opposed to consumerism). There is no real (ie monetary) appreciation for anything I do in which I am able to discern meaning, while I am too afraid I won’t have any income if I stop doing what I perceive as bullshit.)

I would like to use this opportunity to ask for recognition of the seriousness of the depression epidemic. I related my feelings because I think they may be recognizable for others. I want to urge them to take the appropriate preventive measures.

Depression should not be stigmatized, so I decided to speak up on behalf of those who suffer from the disease and might not be able to do so themselves. Please support an initiative that works on nonpharmaceutical ways to fight depression and help friends and colleagues recognize the symptoms and take early action.

Please don’t support me: I don’t have depression yet. I am merely taking measures to prevent it from happening.

I wish you, dear reader, a meaningful day filled with smiles.

For matters of life and death, you can reach me at […]

Thank you very much for your understanding,

Best regards,

Kamiel Choi

Depression Responder was originally published on Meandering home

Why does money corrupt?

So why does it? If you have it in abundance, it fails to give meaning in the obvious ways it does when we need it to meet our basic needs. The thought that the result of our endeavour – the amount on our bank account – is subject to inevitable inflation of meaning, is hard to bear.

So we explore other pathways: consumption of expensive goods and services, and comparison to other people’s “wealth”.

This is an impulse that doesn’t care about the consequences. Think environmental and social inequality. In other words: it corrupts.

Why does money corrupt? was originally published on Meandering home