Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 15, Part 4

Trey Smith

So it is said, Grief and happiness are perversions of Virtue; joy and anger are transgressions of the Way; love and hate are offenses against Virtue. When the mind is without care or joy, this is the height of Virtue. When it is unified and unchanging, this is the height of stillness. When it grates against nothing, this is the height of emptiness. When it has no commerce with things, this is the height of limpidity. When it rebels against nothing, this is the height of purity.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Bipolar disorder is characterized by the highest highs and the lowest lows. In many ways, most humans could be said to be bipolar! Who doesn't revel when life seems like our oyster, only to grovel in our despair when circumstances take us in the opposite direction?

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