But even more interesting than realising we share a lot of political common ground, Abe being a Republican (albeit moderate), was to find out he suffered serious bouts of depression throughout his life.
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Lincoln is not alone among great figures from the past when it comes to depression. It is a known fact that countless altruists throughout history suffered from the condition; Florence Nightingale being an example that springs to mind.
If one is caring and is genuinely interested in helping others and would like to rid the world of all suffering, then depression seems to be the most likely outcome. Closely followed by disappointment.
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It reminds me of the frustrated atheist who once said "If I could end all suffering, I would - that's the difference between your god and me".
Depression is a common clinical condition that can be treated with psychotherapy and, more frequently, drug therapy. And there, maybe, lies the problem.
If, as I suspect, depression is more likely to strike sensitive people, those with ample empathy and who may even be lacking in self-esteem, then I can't see how chemical medication can be of help.
I would have thought drugs merely disguise and suppress the symptoms. A radical change of thinking and mindset seems a lot more likely to bring about a solution to the problem.
Maybe depression is a sad consequence of having compassion. Maybe it is synonymous with feeling empathy. If so, is it an illness or a gift?
I know little about the condition, as you can tell from my simplistic approach, but I am interested.
OK! I am a little worried about it, now that I've gone and changed my life-style completely.
Something I can no longer do while here in London.
Just as well my wandering days ain't over.