Hope Contagium

A therapy journal of self-obsession, depression and meaning.

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I thought at the time, only a month or so after – whatever am I going to call that Thursday? – that I couldn’t be horrified anymore, or wounded. I suppose that’s a common conceit, that you’ve already been so damaged that damage itself, in its totality, makes you safe.

– Page 8, We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003), Lionel Shriver


Happy. That’s exactly my problem.
That I can’t be happy. I never have been.
Not even when good things happen to me.
You can’t imagine what it means to wake up
every day with no motivation.
The effort it takes me to find a reason.
Just one. Not to let it all go to hell.
And believe me. I give it my best shot.
My very best. Every day of my life.

 – Mientras duermes (2011), translation from movie


Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil…

– Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)
American politician, democratic senator, civil rights activist

The Woman and The Ape

Many years before this, Bally had discovered that life consisted of a series of repetitions, each less savory than its predecessor – an overall distastefulness in which man himself was but one more repetition.

 – Page 4, The Woman and The Ape (1996), Peter Høeg

Life Takes Over

I watched her being devoured in front of me … and I couldn’t do anything. I thought I wouldn’t be able to survive without her, but then … life always takes over.

– Emmanuelle 3, Goodbye Emmanuelle (1977)


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


It’s a vast swirling wonderland of sparkling white pleasure. Let it fill your senses with cascading fluffy pillows of excitement, and comfort, as you’ve never felt before.

– Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants (S02E08)

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