Disease of the Soul

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The balanced mindset; to eradicate depression, by understanding our souls.

Submitted: April 23, 2017

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Submitted: April 23, 2017



Our soul is one of the most powerful resources in existence. It is of the highest value and it has to be! Why do you think deities and demons trip over banana peels to acquire them?

It is powerful because it is both an essence and a machine. It is a metaphysical substance that can be consumed but never depleted and it is also a mechanism that runs on itself and never breaks down. It is a perfect mechanism of perpetual movement and mobility. Now you may be asking on why such machine would exist? It exists because it shifts from being a reality to just being a concept. It lingers in the mind and makes its way to the empty spaces in you.

Its only limitations are the body it occupies for the time being. And if not taken care of, the soul can rot along with the corpse.

One of the diseases the soul can fall victim to is nihilism. Nihilism is the foolish belief that life is not worth living. As a distinction; a person can have the belief that life has no meaning as long as he makes progress in his life and continues making authentic decisions nonetheless. Hopeless Nihilism is the complete and utter surrender of ones will. He sinks into laziness and self-pity, but without courage to commit suicide. At least if one finds no meaning in life, he ends it all. But with Hopeless Nihilism, one is caught between a rock and a hard place; crippling depression pushing us ever so further to the rope and chair and the fear of death preventing us from ever doing it. One can only wish to starve to death at that point, for this is rock bottom for any human being.

One way to prevent this is to set ones trajectory to make authentic life decisions. Life decisions that fulfills you or fulfills any moral or religious code you may or may not have is a good way of forgetting the existential crisis lurking in the back of your mind; a key constituent of maintaining mental health, which in turn, can contribute positively to your souls overall health.

The overall surrender of ones will is a direct result of deteriorating mental health. As understood, the concept of "spirit" is conjured and made real by the mind as it fills the empty feelings within that are devoid of hope and sympathy. Mental illness is the product of many factors, one of the most common being maltreatment or spoilage early on in life and/or the unwise decisions later on in life. Either way, the cycle is now made clear; it starts with a bad beginning and/or a stupid ongoing, escalates into a terror, corrupts the mind and works its way in to the soul. A metaphysical cancer if you will.

Nihilism, despite its vacuous stance, has some key details that has held its worth over the modern era. It proposes that morals are not real and are made by society, which is understandable; but just as fire was made for cooking and warmth, morals was made for the society; which composes of all beings. These morals have become reality due to a natural want of order and uniformity present in all humans. Even young rebels have rebellions, not solely because they hate the morals of society in general, it’s because they want to impose their own ideas of uniformity and order. The central point of this is that morals vary and it is not necessary to live up to the ones set by society, as long as decisions are made authentically with full awareness of the consequences and outcomes, a full rational willingness to accept and expect disaster at all times.

A healthy outlook in life when it comes to making the authentic decisions is to balance, quite skillfully, optimism and pessimism. These two mentalities do not so as much oppose each other, rather they complement each other.

One needs the optimism to see the brighter side of life, and one also needs pessimism to cushion a decimating blow if it were to ever happen. The way this psychological cushioning works is by expecting the worse to happen while maintaining an optimistic mindset on how to get around it if it were to actually occur. This sense of perpetual preparedness, this uncanny mindset set on Murphy's Law is in a way, a kind of healthy pessimism. Things can and will go wrong, and by being able to accept that, one can find ways to walk around the problem in advance.

Another challenge that disrupts a healthy human's sense to make authentic decisions is one's sense of morality; both intra-personal and interpersonal. One has his own set of morals and principles, generally influenced to go by or against his environment. What this means is, the place and the people a person is surrounded in can make him be like the others or go against all of them. The probability of which is a psychological lottery. This is the barricade that makes great thinkers ask: what is truly moral? what is truly right and what is truly wrong? Is there anything in between?

The spectrum of morality is easily understood, but what can be considered in or out of which side of the spectrum is the true question. A guiding figure in to finding out one’s own moral path, and hopefully, one for others, consists of many layers of mentalities and opinions, which on the surface may oppose each other, but ultimately bring out the full harmony of one’s moral spectrum.

A person, first of all must have opinions before they construct their principles. This first part is generally the hardest. My observations suggest that the populous have failed to do this first step properly. To have a truly authentic and unbiased opinion for one’s self, one must do a wide study of every plausible option. See sides and options in a Hegelian point of view, which is, to see all sides by their own point of view. Review what triumphs and failure each side has had and sort out which have had most influence and choose whether to influence or be influenced.

Once sturdy and authentic opinions have been made, one can build his values and ideals on said opinions. These will be the guiding force in your decision making processes. Values are the standards of which a human being turns to when he asks himself on what to do and what not to do. What is worth doing, what may truly affect him and why should he care. Values are as random of a variable in most every human. Even when said humans share a common belief and value system, such as a religion or brotherhood, values on the intra-personal level still widely vary. Ideals guide the goals of which you are going to take yourself with such values. What you are wiling to achieve and what you are willing to toil for. These two are the essential components of what drives, in general, the decisions of and individual and in turn, influence his life style for better or worse.

Once opinions are made, indulge yourself in people who share your opinions. What better way for a flower to bloom than in a box with the others. when exposed to people whom you agree with, you can find a sense of fulfillment in your opinion. A sense that you are not being left alone.

Once bridges are made, prepare your mind and oneself to possibly burn them. When you have indulged in your guild of intellectuals, gather enough bravery to converse with your deepest rivals. This immersion into foreign waters can awaken two possibilities with in the person, the frivolous blessing of argument and debate or the chilling realization of one's own fallacy.

At this point, when one has been proven wrong, one can expect him to be forlorn and hopeless. One has believed in his values for a good chunk of his life and to have five or ten years of your existence proven wrong is a devastating blow. This is wheres the virtues of healthy pessimism and honest optimism, values of which I urge everyone to have, come in most helpful. One should have seen this coming. One should have always considered the possibility of being wrong the whole time. As so in the back portion of his mind, even for just a few hours every night, he can plan a way for him to make  a comeback, if ever it were to happen. But like all cures for ills, this should not be taken in excess. One must have a sense of honest optimism. A sense that that comeback he has been planning will work. It is this sense that allows oneself to carry on after a failure and prevents him form falling into hopeless nihilism. When healthy pessimism and honest realism work hand in hand; depression, and as I boldly claim, will soon be a thing of the past.

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