reasons why babies are not needed:
- head to body ratio is uneven
- when was last time baby contribute to dinner time conversation
- baby unable to hunt for the clan
- baby is slow and usually racist
My years of living in London before I went to Brazil had influenced my attitudes about depression. In the United States, one is not supposed to get depressed. If depression approaches, one should immediately do something to get rid of it. Take drugs perhaps, go into trance. Our separate and individual responsibilities are to achieve and maintain constant states of happiness. Depression is antisocial and perhaps even deviant. The national emotional standard is set by drawings of smiling faces and a ritualized directive to “have a nice day.”
In London, however, my friends regarded depression as a sign of emotional depth. According to them, given the current state of the world, a person who is continually happy must be ignorant, superficial, and entirely lacking in a social conscience. Even more damning, an incessantly happy person is boring."