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Does catharsis really work? Or is the idea you can exhaust misery doomed to begin with?
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here
It takes a lot of creativity to be angry and miserable. I can't use up misery, I'll always have more. If you were to compare me to a pressure cooker; as pressure builds, I vent the pressure out, things calm down, and go back to normal. This makes sense symbolically, but it's a faulty comparison. I, as a sentient human being, am wonderfully more elaborate than a nonsentient device. If I were addicted to drugs, more drugs would only perpetuate more drug use. I wouldn't exhaust my want of it. It may temporarily relieve some anxiety, but it does not give me any long term solutions to keep me resilient. Writer and poet, Maya Angelou said, "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” With that same logic, you can't use up misery. The more you use, the more you have.