Why should melancholy be eliminated? Melancholy like all other emotions / sensations has a charm and beauty.
Talking about the movie Equals, the last issue of the magazine "Vivere lo Yoga" helps me to clarify my refusal for non-living. Among the various things on the cover, I read: Goodbye Melancholy. Apart from the fact that in the article, there are 8 controversial Yoga positions told to eliminate melancholy, the fundamental question is another. Why should melancholy be eliminated?
Melancholy like all other emotions / sensations has a charm and beauty. This "minor" emotions is or should be as equally fascinating as the "bigger" ones. A sick society like ours can see as positive the major ones (eg fun, happiness, enthusiasm, etc.) and the others as negative. Take advantage of autumn, this decadent season, to tune with it, appreciating the low tones, the tannins and the slow inexorable decline of nature that awaits the well-deserved rest. We counteract this tendency to both physical and emotional whining. This war on diversity is killing us. Physically, we should never be hot or cold, an air always identical to itself. Too much exuberance, nor too much melancholy are okay. We are human beings in a slow process of dehumanization, becoming more like a computer as if this would make us better. There is a memorable sequence in the big movie / book titled "Fight Club". In it a young Brad Pitt takes Edward Norton's arm and locks him, warns him that he will feel a pain ever felt before and pours a corrosive chemical mixture that can pierce an aluminum pan. Brad Pitt / Tyler responds to the screams of sorrow and the protests that follow: "... everything that has been up to now is a story .... All that's going to be after is a story. This is the most important moment of your life. Because all the emotions are life, the whole range possible is a vehicle to come back to the present. Do not miss this opportunity!