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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
            -Henry David Thoreau

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  1. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
    -Henry David Thoreau

    Julia, at some point in my grade school experience, we were taught that elevating our life by conscious endeavor is what raises us above the animals. Now, I’m not so sure we are really above the animals in any way. Except, maybe, it takes a conscious endeavor to get to their base level. I worry about us as a species. Are we making any headway? Are we improving? I just drove for an hour in the car listening to National Public Radio…I think I’m depressed now! Great post, Julia.
    Ginene

    • Hi Ginene! Thanks! What excellent questions! I think our capacity for self-awareness and ability to examine our thoughts is exactly what make us different from animals.
      Stay light!
      Julia

        • There’s no simple solution. I’m working through having to having to face my vulnerability, confronting my fears of dealing closely with a traumatic time period in my life, due to upcoming psychiatric rotations in school. Felt silly asking for help, but everyone so far has quelled that self-doubt. The one person who can truly understand is gone, and perhaps we never reconciled our individual outcomes, but still, he understood. In any case, I feel incredibly grateful that I have found the strength to prepare instead of being blindsided. I feel incredibly grateful for my support network, however small. I feel incredibly grateful that I exist. And I feel incredibly grateful for you, Brian. So thank you.

          • My dear Julia, yes we can all be grateful that we exist, no matter what the (temporary or long-term) struggles we may face. I am grateful for your “look” on life, I like your choice of words and photos. Look and vision are important. Do you know how the greeks said “look or vision”? Theoria. There comes our “theory”. The way we look at the world, is the way we theorize the world. And some parts of the world are hard to look at. I can’t imagine what it must be to rotate in psychiatry. To face some of the worse human misery, and what is worse: know that you can’t do much. Yes it requires strength. But I’m sure you’re not lacking in that department. At any rate, one piece of advice: use your blog. Post more. Use us. Don’t hesitate to use this/us as a channel to externate. Better to “take out” than to keep inside. How long will your rotation last? Take care. 🙂

  2. “…And to approach the meaning restores the experience in a different form.”

    That’s profound.

    And I see that you are now following my blog–thank you, Julia.

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