‘Turkish shepherds watched in horror as hundreds of their sheep followed each other over a cliff, say Turkish newspaper reports. First one sheep went over the cliff edge, only to be followed by the whole flock, according to the reports.
‘More than 400 sheep died in the 15-metre fall – their bodies cushioning the fall of 1,100 others who followed. The sheep belonged to villagers in the eastern Van province. Papers say the sheep were worth around £42,000 in all…’
Watch how these sheep goes round and round in circles because they just follow each other
The Negativity of Happiness
How the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life.
Eric Wilson is especially careful to delineate between the creatively productive state of melancholy and the soul-wrecking pathology of clinical depression:
“There is a fine line between what I’m calling melancholia and what society calls depression. In my mind, what separates the two is degree of activity. Both forms are more or less chronic sadness that leads to ongoing unease with how things are — persistent feelings that the world as it is not quite right, that it is a place of suffering, stupidity, and evil. Depression (as I see it, at least) causes apathy in the face of this unease, lethargy approaching total paralysis, an inability to feel much of anything one way or another. In contrast, melancholia (in my eyes) generates a deep feeling in regard to this same anxiety, a turbulence of heart that results in an active questioning of the status quo, a perpetual longing to create new ways of being and seeing.
“Our culture seems to confuse these two and thus treat melancholia as an aberrant state, a vile threat to our pervasive notions of happiness — happiness as immediate gratification, happiness as superficial comfort, happiness as static contentment.”
The Challenge of Compromise
When is Compromise a Sign of Strength? Compromise requires us to understand and even appreciate the views of people with whom we staunchly disagree.
‘Compromise has become repulsive to many in the current U.S. Congress – a sign of weakness rather than a pragmatic way forward when opposing parties disagree strongly. This wholesale denigration of a fundamental part of negotiation leaves aspiring statespersons, and people who would follow their lead in professional and personal life, figuratively limping about as if missing one of their legs. Our persuasion and negotiation options are being limited because a core strategy is being rendered unusable.
‘To disparage compromise as a sign of moral or intellectual weakness is foolhardy and deceptive. So often nowadays we read or hear, “We will not compromise” even before discussions begin on national issues. Such an attitude disguises an inability to engage in the process with any degree of success…’
Here are five key conditions under which compromise is likely to be a constructive alternative to such dogmatism: