Relation of Depression and Self-Centredness

Source: Buddhism @ Facebook


Joshua Bryer

“Having myself experienced extreme, regularly to the point of suicidal, depression, I think I can understand your point of view at least to a certain extent. But on the notion of self-centredness, I’m afraid I have to agree. From my own experience, coming through a massive clinical depression and coming through to the other end, cured, I believe self-centredness to be the very cause of depression. And not just depression, but every ailment in the world as we know it. The irony is, I can only see this NOW, with hindsight, looking back at my mindstate when I was depressed: “ego all the way, me me me, MY problems, MY depression, MY past, MY MY MY MY…” That very self-absorbed, self-centred fascination with my own ego and its agenda mindstate is exactly what kept me trapped in that depression for so long. It’s only when I started to consider that maybe — just maybe — as one of the 6 BILLION people on this planet, other people had problems FAR WORSE than mine, that the clouds began to part. And when I realised that I was being very selfish and WASTING my life in a state of — excuse me, but there are few better terms — mental masturbation.

All I was doing was feeding my ego, indulging its little whims and woes, and feeling sorry for myself. What was I doing for humanity? Nothing. And yes, that is self-centredness in its highest — or should I say lowest — form.

Of course, the great curse of the ever-nourished ego — the root of all depression — is that when you’re IN that state, you CAN’T SEE it for what it is. It’s like the people stuck in the Matrix (the film). They wouldn’t believe it if you told them they were living in a dream. You have to wake up for yourself, then you see it.”

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However unfavourable circumstance has become,
we must still tell ourselves,

I can bear with it;

However big the setback was,
we must still tell ourselves,

I can withstand it;

However miserable and heartbreaking we felt,
we must still tell ourselves,

I can get over it.

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down
by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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