In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity | Brain Pickings

In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativityby Maria PopovaHow the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life.“One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless,” Van Gogh wrote in one of his many letters expounding his mental anguish. And yet the very melancholy that afflicted him was also the impetus for the creative restlessness that sparked his legendary art. In his diary, the Danish philosopher and poet Søren Kierkegaard — one of the most influential thinkers of the past millennium — wrote that he often “felt bliss in melancholy and sadness” and thought he was “used by the hand of a higher Power through [his] melancholy.” Nietzsche, too, believed that a certain amount of suffering is essential to the soul

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