Neurasthenia Penny Postcard
~ I’ve seen the lighthouse on the shore,
heart’s at the bottom of the silver sea –
Life takes it out of you.
Neurasthenia – first diagnosis as early as 1829
– label: a mechanical weakness of the nerves
– major diagnosis in North America during the late nineteenth
– a condition
Fatigue anxiety headache.
High blood pressure.
Neuralgia & depressed
– associated with farm wives made sick
by isolation & a lack of engaging activity
connected to busy society women
– Americans particularly prone to neurasthenia/Americanitis
I think one of the problems is that there are many believers in Christianity, and other religions, who never have any kind of experience that could be called mystical/direct contact with the Divine Other. For them, religious practice is a mix of ethical actions & formal religious behaviour. They have belief & faith in their chosen Belief System without any evidence.
Now one could get into a complex discussion based on metaphysics, religion, philosophy, psychology, neurology, sociology, or any combination of these. What remains is there is a divide within all religious communities between those who do & don’t have this type of experience.
For some, this lack leaves them satisfied & undeterred in their faith/belief, others blame themselves, others may eventually give up the faith/belief looking for answers in another denomination, religion, or philosophy. Of those who continue happily without the experience may find those claiming such an experience as suspect, either delusional or worse, frauds trying to take advantage of the gullible .
Dysphoric Penny Postcard
~ I’ve seen the games
played around the curved hill,
heartbreaking breezes have words –
most important thoughts,
cry for certainty.