From a comment by “Bumbling American”

Walker Percy:

“Why do people often feel bad in good environments and good in bad environments? Why did Mother Teresa think that affluent Westerners often seemed poorer than the Calcutta poor, the poorest of the poor? The paradox comes to pass because the impoverishments and enrichments of a self in a world are not necessarily the same as the impoverishments and enrichments of an organism in an environment.”

And

“With the passing of the cosmological myths and the fading of Christianity as a guarantor of the identity of the self, the self becomes dislocated, is both cut loose and imprisoned by its own freedom, yet imprisoned by a curious and paradoxical bondage like a Chinese handcuff, so that the very attempts to free itself, e.g., by ever more refined techniques for the pursuit of happiness, only tighten the bondage and distance the self ever farther from the very world it wishes to inhabit as its homeland. The rational Jeffersonian pursuit of happiness embarked upon in the American Revolution translates into the flaky euphoria of the late 20th century. Every advance in an objective understanding of the Cosmos and in its technological control further distances the self from the Cosmos precisely in the degree of the advance–so that in the end the self becomes a space-bound ghost which roams the very Cosmos it understands perfectly.”

http://anti-gnostic.blogspot.tw/2014/08/why-did-robin-williams-kill-himself.html

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One thought on “From a comment by “Bumbling American””

  1. If you are at the bottom, all roads lead upwards. Also, every day survived is a victory.

    If you are at the top, you spend a lot of time worrying about things that you have no control over.

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