sometimes you have to see the Vineyard for the weeds.

This is, by the way, one of those days where creative thought processes spring from somewhere deep, so bear with me if I sink into some disconsolate place, angst has its creative perks…
For thousands of years, people have speculated that there’s some correlation between sadness and creativity, so that people who are a little bit miserable (think Van Gogh, or Dylan in 1965, or Virginia Woolf) are also the most innovative. Aristotle was there first, stating in the 4th century B.C.E. “that all men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art and in politics, even Socrates and Plato, had a melancholic habitus; indeed some suffered even from melancholic disease.” This belief was revived during the Renaissance, leading Milton to exclaim, in his poem Il Penseroso: “Hail, divinest melancholy/whose saintly visage is too bright/to hit the sense of human sight.” The romantic poets took the veneration of sadness to its logical extreme, and described suffering as a prerequisite for the literary life. Still with me? As Keats wrote, “Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
Well, it turns out the cliché might be true after all…
Carl Jung quotes, “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity”.
Unfortunately, sorrow does not ignite the embers of humorous writings regarding eating weeds out of the vineyard, which is where I was going with this before I took an abrubt left turn into a literary discussion involving miserable writers. so, having said that, I will adjurn this blogpost and start fresh with my weed discussion as soon as possible,  post-funk..  promise I won’t cut my ear off.


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2 Responses to sometimes you have to see the Vineyard for the weeds.

  1. RomingerWest says:

    Your vocabulary and literary references are fantastic. I concur that melancholy seems to lend itself directly to creative thoughts. I look forward to eventually reading your post on weeds..

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