Out of the Darkness

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Inspired by a photo – click HERE to see it – I think of all those people in the darkness, one way or another. The darkness can seem infinite and permanent, yet morning follows night, after all. In some cases the light comes back to us on its own. Not always, though. Sometimes relief depends on our effort, even if only to recruit support or help. Winston Churchill said it well:

“If you’re in hell, keep moving.”

That’s right: keep trying, keep searching for answers, for solutions.Giving up is the only way to make sure you’ll not find them. The darkness hides things from us, possibilities: if we believe our eyes, we fools ourselves into assuming there is nothing to find. When we find the light, so much is unhidden!

Depression offers darkness that only the sufferer perceives, a dangerous, painful, and extremely convincing sort of darkness that convinces depressed people that there is no light, not for them, not ever again. Lies! We don’t usually think of darkness precluding the very existence of light, now and forever. Depression offers a deeper darkness, more pernicious, hopeless, infinite, sly: it tells people that it doesn’t hide objects, it ERASES them forever.

It tells people their only option is to erase themselves as well. Sadly, with its lies and torture, it sells the idea to many, and they erase themselves dead. This darkness is poison, lethal, yet also manageable. Most people, especially with help and support, find the light again, and wonder how they’d believed all those dark lies.

We can do better, and save far more people from torment and death in the darkness.

Let’s do that, do better. Let’s!


  1. That resonates with me personally. It does seem as if one is struggling with the dark when one gets depressed. I don’t get depression as badly as I used, especially in my twenties. I’ve been a very fortunate survivor of depression; CBT has helped a lot. Even recently I’ve had bouts of depression; I find sleeping for a bit switches my mind off and so I use that as a way. In darkness terms it’s the same as sleeping through the ‘night’, so to speak.

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    1. Me too. I write from experience, mine and many others’, about depression. I’ve learned how to prevent times in the darkness, and learned not to trust it or my judgement if I fall back in. Both help! Otherwise I’d know all about the afterlife long ago.

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      1. I attempted suicide in 2008 and it was a miracle I survived so maybe I died and this is the afterlife; meaning the afterlife is just the same as life… wouldn’t that be weird? We die and go to a parallel universe where we just carry on where we left off? Sorry a bit morbid that. Yeah I know what you mean and that’s why I like your blog; it speaks to a lot of people, I’m sure of that, and it’s a reassuring voice.

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      2. Perhaps my words resonate because I too committed suicide. Long ago now, but I was a student at Harvard Medical School at the time and did my homework, per usual. I achieved a proven cause of death and sufficient isolation to preclude rescue, all based on a hopeless prognosis that, in retrospect, was obviously untrue. I survived by blind luck alone, and I understand and reject the kind of ashamed certain hopelessness I often encounter. It’s based on lies! Depression torments and lies.

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