Inspired by the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid), something that I do believe in for most things, this poem came into being when I was severely torqued off by some overly simplistic “advice” about how to smile through chronic depression to fix things. If you can imagine the middle-finger salute at the end of this poem, you got the gist. 🙂 I think it was written around 2014-15.

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  1. Just as people don’t choose to become depressed in the first place, they can’t choose to suddenly stop being depressed. (I have to remind myself of this sort of thing all the time: I didn’t choose to have chronic pain, so I can’t choose to make the pain go away. Every time I encounter some idjit chirping, ‘Happiness is a choice! Nothing in life is bad unless you think it is!’ it’s harder to remember the truth.) I think people who spout, “Smile — you’ll feel better!” may be trying to help (because they don’t know any better — they really think smiling will make everything okay), but mostly they just want depressed people to stop bothering them with their depression: ‘Stop being unhappy and bringing me down. Why don’t you just try not being depressed for a while? Then you wouldn’t be upsetting other people.’

    Anyway. Good poem, and I like the use of a neuron as a background image (altough the significance of that would probably be lost on the people the “middle finger” gesture is intended for).

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    1. Sigh. Sometimes happiness is a choice; it is something we can negotiate with ourselves. BUT, yes, as you say, there are a lot of mindless, one-size-fits-all chirping about it, too. Consider that finger flicked too. 🙂

      Just as there is good cause to suggest that people not subject themselves to “negative” people, but the chirpers dumb it down to basically anyone who aren’t also chirpers, and anyone with any problem is a downer who should be avoided. This is the definition of selfish, entitled, probably psychopathic, absurdity. These chirpers become the “mean people” they ironically chirp against.

      Your observation is better than my reality. I see how you see a neuron in that, but it is actually a broken glass texture, like I threw a rock through a window.

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  2. You know someone is a master at something when they do what they do with such simplicity, or at least that’s how it’s perceived by others. I think that’s a good principle to learn.

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    1. I do too. The principle doesn’t work for everything, though, like telling a clinically depressed person to “just cheer up.” Simple, but so off the mark.

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