okay I’m sorry. I hate adding comments to things, but I’ve seen this one around a couple times, and I have to say something. this is fucking bullshit. complete bullshit, and I hate that this message exists. we get mad because mental illness becomes romanticized, but with pictures and messages like this, we are actively romanticizing it.
this website has this crazed mentality that unhappiness and depression make you deep and mysterious and beautiful on a level that happy, mentally normative people could never possibly experience. the movement toward acceptance of mental illness is a good thing, and I have no doubt it is at least a factor in the creation of a lot of art, but when you go so far as to devalue happiness, you’ve gone too far. this is not helping out society become more accepting, this is contributing to the problem.
this idea that happy people are shallow and vain and unable to think deeply and create beautiful things makes mental illness into a trend, a desirable facet of one’s personality. we need to work toward destigmatizing mental illness, not making it desirable. not making it tragically beautiful. because art does come from happiness, and acting like it never does destroys our ability to perceive mental illness realistically. this website says it all the time: our society needs to stop romanticizing mental illness. but then you see stuff like this everywhere that completely deconstructs the ideology of acceptance, rather than stigma based on romanticism. if we want mental illness to stop being romanticized, we have to stop romanticizing it.and trust me, romanticizing mental illness does not help get rid of the problem. not at all. it actually makes it worse. what we need to remove this social affliction of ignorance is not to make mental illness desirable, it is to propagate realistic perception of mental illness so that we can move toward acceptance.
because art does come from happiness. because happiness is not shallow, vain, ignorant, ditsy, or in any way less beautiful than unhappiness. because happiness should be the goal, not the thing to avoid.