Q. What are you doing here?
A. Waiting for you.
Q. What do you want from me?
A. Because your questions always lead to interesting answers.
Q. Like what?
A. Like what I should be doing this morning.
Q. What should you be doing this morning?
A. In my opinion, I should be staving off depression by hurling myself full-force into an artistic project.
Q. Why should you do that?
A. Because I’ve been doing it all my life, and it usually works.
Q. Have you ever considered facing the depression directly, rather than doing something to avert it?
A. Sure I have.
Q. And how does that work for you?
A. It usually only makes me more depressed.
Q. And then what?
A. Then nothing. Stagnation. Inaction. Futility.
Q. But if you stave off the depression through Art?
A. Then everything. Motivation. Action. Meaningfulness.
Q. Why then would anyone ever want to face their depression directly?
A. Probably because they deny it. If one is in denial, things don’t work too well.
Q. Are you in denial?
A. If I were, I wouldn’t know it now, would I?
Q. I don’t know – would you?
A. No, I would not.
Q. But do you feel like you’re in denial?
A. Maybe a little bit. Nothing serious, though. Nothing that would land me in jail or in a psychiatric facility.
Q. Where would your level of denial land you?
A. Probably on a piano bench.
Q. What do you mean?
A. When I start to suspect that something is internally amiss, I usually play it out on the piano and see what happens.
Q. What happens then?
A. I channel my feelings.
Q. And this is?
Q. Anything else?
A. Not off the top, no. Oh wait a minute – I’m going to be posting a new talk tomorrow. It will still be called “The Perception of Inequality” just like the talk I removed earlier this week. It will just be a lot more thorough, more purposeful, more academic, more informative.
Q. Has working on this new talk helped you to be less depressed?
A. Yes, it has.
Q. But won’t all the depression return as soon as you’re done with your project?
A. It might. It might not.
Q. What now?
A. Calling my friend Danielle in about ten minutes, as per usual. Waiting for the sky to get light. Lacing up my shoes, going on a run.
Q. And after that?
A. Planning on enjoying the day. God’s blessings are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.
The Questioner is silent.
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