‘natural’ depression

i’m beginning to think that depression is the price you have to pay for being an artist. you can’t produce ideas and generate art all the time. that would lead to an emotional epilepsy. so in a way, it’s a natural response of the body to tell an artist to stop. to have a rest. to withdraw from the realm of ideas. of course, it’s tempting to be there all the time…this ‘natural’ response comes with a very significant side effects that might even lead to suicide…but through these dark stages an artist can also reflect…dig inside of him or herself…and later on…create sth that was better than the work/ideas generated previously…through this personal agony and emotional torture an artist seeks the ultimate…and the ultimate can potentially live on the border between existence and non-existence.

2 Responses to “‘natural’ depression”

  1. I’ve come to the same conclusion. Just do a study of the great artists (fine arts, literature, music…) of all times.

    One of my favourite quotes:
    “Men have called me mad; but the question is not settled whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious — whether all that is profound — does not spring from disease of thought — from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who only dream by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil. They penetrate, however rudderless or compassless, into the vast ocean of the ‘light ineffable’.”
    ― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

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