In a recent discussion of depression, the usual stuff came up. This is a sensitive area, and as I've said a hundred times, I am nothing if not compassionate about depression, having suffered from it so severely for so long.
But I refuse to believe that we cannot overcome this, just as we can overcome so much in this life. I refuse to believe that we are nothing more than chemical reactions over which we have no control. For me, this is tantamount to saying we are nothing but soul-less machines.
This is not to say that this struggle will not last for a life time, but I believe wholeheartedly, and with a passion these words cannot convey, in the nobility and necessity of that struggle.
I am also not saying that wishing for something makes it so. I have been quite clear about my feelings when it comes to such magical thinking as the watered-down, pseudo philosophy of most people's use of the "secret", for example.
As I said, this is a struggle. For a simple example: you cannot grow muscles by simply thinking about them; you must consistently DO something -- lift weights or work those muscles in some way.
It is the same with our brains. This takes sometimes Herculean effort -- over a long period of time. I am proof of that.
Though I have always approached this from a more spiritual perspective -- believing that as a manifestation of the infinite divine I have infinite potential -- science is catching up. What science is learning has been there all along, in art and poetry and theology. But when science catches up in this very western, product-oriented world, we start to see that change filter down to the masses.
This guy is not the most dynamic speaker, but he introduces the idea of neuroplasticity -- the idea that we are not limited by yesterday's chemical reactions, that we can create our brains anew, that we are more than we have ever thought we were. (And, before you ask, he's not some wacko. This thinking is now permeating all of neuroscience.)