Feedback and Notes

 No Gods or Scumps Allowed

Latest Activity

Mrs.B commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"And too many people listen to that clap trap."
32 minutes ago
Doone commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Did God say we would not get hot, have larger storms, lose glaciers and suffer from changing…"
57 minutes ago
Doone commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"Facts First: The Kurds as an entity did not assist the US during World War II or at Normandy…"
1 hour ago
Stephen commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Michele Bachmann: Climate Change is a Hoax; “God Says We Will Never Be…"
1 hour ago
Mrs.B commented on Michel's group The Daily Cosmos or Interesting Facts about the Universe
"Good ones."
1 hour ago
Stephen commented on Michel's group The Daily Cosmos or Interesting Facts about the Universe
"Venus Transit: A Planet's Day in the Sun"
1 hour ago
Stephen commented on Michel's group The Daily Cosmos or Interesting Facts about the Universe
"Shadow of the Jovian moon Io on Jupiter."
1 hour ago
Mrs.B commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"A big thing would be to get rid of scump, get him charged, & convicted."
1 hour ago
Stephen commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"Why is Turkey bombing the Kurds in Syria? - BBC News"
1 hour ago
Stephen commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"Scumps inane reasoning about betraying the Kurds. He said why should the US help the Kurds when…"
5 hours ago
Doone commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"He is a dangerous clown BREAKING: John Bolton told White House aide to report Giuliani’s…"
5 hours ago
Doone commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"The thick-brained Scump  "
5 hours ago
Stephen commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"Scumps actions over the Turkish invasion would be hilarious if it was a book, but lives are being…"
5 hours ago
Doone commented on A Former Member's group Animal | Vegetable | Mineral | Fungus or Burgeoning Cockwombles
"The incredible vine snake. (Photo: Raj Diraje-Wai)"
5 hours ago
Doone commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"How To Blow Up the Middle East In One Week KEVIN DRUM10 HOURS AGO Is it possible to overstate how…"
5 hours ago
Stephen commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
8 hours ago
Onyango Makagutu commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"People still believe in miracles. Maybe I should also be made saint"
11 hours ago
Onyango Makagutu commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Religion is useful to the rulers and Trump is using it to his advantage. To counteract this, people…"
11 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Rulers use religion. —Seneca(?) What would increase the effectiveness of our attempts to…"
19 hours ago
Stephen commented on Doone's group The Burgeoning Problem of Living on Earth with a Cockwomble as the Most Powerful Person News
"The UK has resisted the creation of ID Cards even during the war. Besides it smacks as a way for…"
19 hours ago

We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

Black Bile and Black Dogs

Depression is black. That's been the view of Western culture ever since the ancient Greeks, with their concept of "melan cholia" (μελαγχολία) - black bile. The idea was that psychological states were associated with particular bodily fluids; melancholy was associated with the "black bile" of the spleen, as opposed to the go-getting, passionate "yellow bile" of the gall-bladder

What this "black bile" (melan chole) actually was is rather mysterious. The gall bladder does indeed produce bile, a digestive juice which is greenish-yellow, but the spleen doesn't secrete anything as such. It itself is a dark greyish-purple, which might have given rise to the idea that it contained something black. Here's another theory.

The other color associated with depression is blue, of course, as in The Blues. However, when picturing depression-blue, I think most people generally see it as something rather close to black. It's the sky at twilight, not a bright summer's day, right? It's not a happy blue.

Winston Churchill famously referred to his depression as his Black Dog. There's a rather nice correspondence here with Chinese, though I doubt Churchill knew it. Here's the Chinese character for black and (one of) the characters for dog:
Write these as two separate characters and it says, well, black dog (badly). But there's another character which consists of "black" & " dog" combined:

This means silence; quiet; speechless; mute.

This is as good a one-word description of depression as any. Churchill's metaphor has always struck me as slightly misleading in one sense (although it's excellent in others): depression is not a thing; not even a black one. It is a lack, of motivation, energy, joy, imagination; you don't wake up and feel depressed, you wake up depressed and feel terrible, but the depression is hidden, only evident in retrospect, just as you don't tend to notice how quiet it is until a noise breaks the silence.
http://neuroskeptic.blogspot.com/2011/03/black-bile-and-black-dogs....

Views: 915

Replies to This Discussion

black dogs is not a good symbol for depression! i so agree! 

and i also agree, depression is not a silent thing...mmmmMmm.  If you've ever had one, it is fairly noisey within your skull, "you suck...you suck, things will never be right again," etc etc, not fun at all!!!

However, i wonder, if the true history of that symbol may be lost in translation, maybe people used to GET or GIVE dogs to depressed people to cheer them up again???   ha ha!!  Yeah, THAT'S probably how that symbol came to be???

RSS

© 2019   Created by Atheist Universe.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service