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Cold Comfort In Words Of John Waters

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The other morning while tucking into a fry-up at the local greasy-spoon this correspondent became aware of a heated discussion from the restaurant’s radio. The radio had been tuned to a station broadcasting a phone-in show, with two callers having a heated exchange on the subject of whether depression exists or not. After the trading of a few insults, the show’s host intervened to cool things down, and explained the reason for having the discussion, stemmed from recent views expressed by the journalist John Waters that there is no such thing as depression.

A bit bewildered by what the host had said your correspondent finished off his breakfast and headed home to google John’s comments (maybe he’d been misquoted or taken out of context). This correspondent found a report of the interview in which John was asked if he had become depressed as a result of the recent national backlash against him. (Hostile criticism came from John’s views on Gay couples adopting; he’s against it and opposed to all adoptions at present; until more equal laws for fathers are first implemented),

John stated to the interviewer, “I don’t believe in depression. There’s no such thing. It’s an invention. It’s bullshit, it’s a cop out.”

It appears that John has missed out on the masochistic pleasures of life. Take for example the sensation to the gut, of your fancy making clear she has no interest in you; or the feeling that emanates from the shoulders of unconcerned bosses to work done or non-interested prospective employers to work pitched.

This correspondent has experienced those heart-rending rewards (gut-kicking and cold shouldering) and they have helped make your correspondent what he is today (unemployed and girlfriend-less); but your correspondent wouldn’t swap those sad female elbows and those despondent employer blow offs for John’s recipe to living depression-free.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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