Re: Unhappiness (Was Extropian ...)

Spike Jones (
Sun, 18 Oct 1998 19:40:48 -0700

> spike wrote: ...the depressed would be more likely to
> stay indoors and sit still, thereby conserving scarce energy while
> avoiding the risk of going out in the harsh winter night...

> Lady D wrote: In otherwords, you are saying that SAD is a form of
> survival? That's an
> interesting concept, except that often, (however I have never had such
> ideas) suicidal tendancies accompany SAD, does it not?

ah, but you see, the survival advantage would be only for those who evolved under those conditions of harsh dangerous winters. s.a.d. would not be a survival advantage to us today. likewise, in times past, people might have a survival advantage if they had the ability to convert their food to fat, all the better to survive winter's scarcity. that same advantage is to most moderns a curse, where the next meal is always as close as the corner grocery store or mcdonalds, if not the twinkies in our our own kitchens.

lady dlos, i sincerely hope, if i were religious i would pray, that you manage this depression until science can hand us the cure... spike