Recently I had cablevision removed from my account with a television company. I did so because the programs were deteriorating in quality and the subjects were so violent. I don't regret it for one moment.
In my living room I have two books on a coffee table: one is the work of a visual artist who has photographed in color churches all over the world. The work is beautiful and the churches even more exquisite.
The feeling of having spent an hour with that book, looking at the images and feeling inside all the numbers of people who had given and helped to preserve, maintain the structures, and seal their loved ones in eternity was very humbling and at the same time uplifting.
The second book is also a visual work, again in color, about the castles of the world. Their grandeur, their beauty and the history of the building of each and the architects, kings, masons, all involved in their structure also was a humbling experience and a lesson in the intelligence of the past.
When I finished, I thought how strange to have such a strong feeling of beauty and peace after observation of the pictures. Then, I realized that it's the IMAGES that our eyes see on television and in the world that are so harmful.
I think maybe many of us who are bipolar have a strong sensitivity to what we see around us, and we probably should be more careful about what we let our eyes look at and read--just for helping to keep our minds and spirits active in a healthy way.
No offense, world, but there is great beauty and also strong disarray in the world; I wonder if bipolar illness makes us more sensitive emotionally to both things: beauty and disarray.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/19/2012 8:59:37 AM (GMT-6)