Passion. need more or less?

“Twentieth-century peoples have erected so many psychological barriers against strong emotion, and have invested those defenses with so much of the energy derived from forbidden impulse, that they can no longer remember what it feels like to be inundated by desire. They tend, rather, to be consumed with rage, which derives from defenses against desire and gives rise in turn to new defenses against rage itself. Outwardly bland, submissive, and sociable, they seethe with an inner anger for which a dense, overpopulated, bureaucratic society can devise few legitimate outlets.” Christopher Lasch in The Culture of Narcissism

"Depression is simply rage turned inward" Freud in Mourning and Melancholia

Perhaps it is in these ideas that we find a solution to our seemingly endless supply of mental health issues.  Each of us needs to express more authentic passion. Our politically correct/suppressed culture is striving to be released. It is seeking a path.

We in the arts can provide exactly the channels necessary to engage and connect... in communities, in families, in churches.  In this approach life becomes about finding excitement and expression rather than conformity.  

Sing

Dance

Paint

Explore nature...

Garden

Hunt

Fish

Live vigorously and encourage those around you to do the same.

Thanks to Intellectual Takeout for spurring these words.  Is Modern man suffering from a lack of passion? 

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