Ted Talk: Beating Mental Illness
If you can watch the smuggery of a Ted Talk without nausea or the prospect of an imminent psychotic break, then congratulations, Ted Talks probably have nothing to teach you.
People’s stories are always interesting, however.
I struggle with any narrative around Mental Illness which involves words like ‘beat’ or ‘war’. I think the way forward with mental strife is to know it, and to learn how to live with it. So that it can become a part of you you don’t deny, suppress or reject without you giving in weakly in a reckless abandon to its destructiveness.
All mental states bring insights, and mental illness goes hand in hand with vision and creativity. If you can survive it, and foster clarity and reason within it. Or at least in its wake.
Living with pain, despair, fear or psychosis so as to cause as little harm to yourself or others.
Madness brings its own rush. Mania is seductive. Depression is romanticised.
It isn’t boring to live productively and creatively.
Sanity and happiness are always possible.
Illness and evil are not the same thing.