Re: Unhappiness (Was Extropian ...)

den Otter (
Sun, 11 Oct 1998 23:32:00 +0100

> From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <>

> > At 04:04 AM 10/11/98 -0400, Mary Therise Gleason wrote:
> >
> > >I once suffered from Clinical Depression as a teenager. (snip)
> > >Gradually, I burnt it out of my system, but with it I think
> > >I lost something. Like the other side of the coin, "happiness", if you can
> > >understand that...
> Who says clinical depression is bad, anyway? Negative thinking is inherently
> more powerful than positive thinking, despite the silly fad in
> willpower-worship. The response sets of unhappiness evolved
to handle tougher
> problems; the analytic abilities that deal with failure are considerably more
> powerful than the skill-formation abilities evoked by success. Whatever price
> chronic depression exacts, it's more than worth it.
> I speak from experience, of course.

Speaking from experience I can say that the exact opposite is true; depression leads to nothing, while happiness and success go hand in hand. I guess we humans are a very divers species...