//Learning is not compulsory……… neither is survival!//
I am not so sure about that!! have you ever heard of Author and educator
Parker Palmer of whom I’m speaking of now, experienced two crippling bouts of depression in his 40s. & 1 in his 60s.
Parker Palmer, in an interview with Krista Tippett on her program “on being” said this about his depressive episodes and how he survived them:
“So on one level, you think, ‘This is the least spiritual thing I’ve ever done.’ And the soul is absent, God is absent, faith is absent. All of the faculties that I depended on before I went into depression were now utterly useless.
And yet, as I worked my way through that darkness, I sometimes became aware that way back there in the woods somewhere was this sort of primitive piece of animal life. I mean, just some kind of existential reality, some kind of core of being, of my own being, I don’t know, maybe of the life force generally, and that was somehow holding out the hope of life to me.
I now see the soul as that wild creature way back there in the woods that knows how to survive in very hard places, knows how to survive in places where the intellect doesn’t, where the feelings don’t, and where the will cannot.”