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"Sorrow": Note that this is a fictional perspective on Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, August 12, 2017

His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of sorrow; that all were suffering; that whatever way one took in this world, one must try to remember that all were suffering (none content; all wronged, neglected, overlooked, misunderstood), and therefore one must do what one could to lighten the load of those with whom one came into contact; that his current state of sorrow was not uniquely his, not at all, but, rather, its like had been felt, would yet be felt, by scores of others, in all times, in every time, and must not be prolonged or exaggerated, because, in this state, he could be of no help to anyone and, given that his position in the world situated him to be either of great help or great harm, it would not do to stay low, if he could help it.

—George Saunders
—found in Lincoln in the Bardo
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    Losing a child would certainly affect me that way.
    1404 days ago
    Sorry people are misinterpreting me. These eloquent words are from a novel imagining the experience Abraham Lincoln had when his son died.
    1405 days ago
    I hope you are feeling better, and taking the appropriate steps to do so (medicine, therapy, etc.) I do not wish to offend anyone, but the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. If this is unneeded, posting it does no harm. If it is needed, it helps. 24 hour-help.

    I have made a mistake. I thought the author "George Saunders" was the actor "George Sanders". I don't know anything about George Saunders, but the actor George Sanders suffered from demenita and eventually committed suicide. So again, I don't want to offend anyone, but what I posted above certainly doesn't hurt anyone.
    1405 days ago
    Hope the rest of your days are filled with Joy
    1405 days ago
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    Thank you!
    1406 days ago
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