"Melancholy is not rage or bitterness; it is a noble species of sadness that
arises when we are properly open to the idea that suffering and
disappointment are at the heart of human experience. It is not a disorder that
needs to be cured; it is a tender-hearted, calm, dispassionate
acknowledgment of how much agony we will inevitably have to travel
The melancholy know that many of the things we most want are in tragic conflict:
- To feel secure and yet to be free;
- To have money and yet not to have to be beholden by others;
- To be in close-knit communities and yet not to be stifled by expectations and demands of society;
- To explore the world and yet to put down deep roots;
- To fulfill the demands of our appetities for food, sex and sloth and yet stay thin, sober, faithful and fit"
"the danger is that while we are more connected now to the whole world than we ever have been before, we are less connected to people in our everyday life. we’re having fewer conversations."