Re: Sadness everywhere

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Posted by Sarah M. on July 26, 1999 at 05:19:56:

In Reply to: Re: Sadness everywhere posted by Kate on July 25, 1999 at 08:32:42:

: Hi Sarah,

: So, that's how you see the English, is it - 'shy, clinically depressed and unsure of themselves'? That's interesting?!! Not how I would have described them, myself, but - isn't it amazing how we each perceive people, situations, tragedy ...

: Best wishes,
: Kate.

Of course that's not how I see them. I'm half English myself, you know, and spend a huge amount of time there -- would rather LIVE there. I was referring to the British stoicism in the face of discomfort, distress, or unhappiness, that strength of character associated with keeping up appearances or keeping your chin up. That strength of character is a good thing. But there no denying that that is double-edged sword, in that it also hides problems under the rug (as another gross generalisation, Americans can be said to go overboard the other way and bring it all out onto the table!). Diana didn't hide her problems under the rug -- she admitted to the world she had problems, and I think people liked the fact that she was a role model for not having to be ashamed at being depressed, for speaking out about being bulimic (and yes, I speak about serious depression from personal experience, from close English relationS (plural)).

Sorry for the mis-understanding.


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