Advantages Glorious autumn, winter and summer too
Disadvantages What's the matter with the spring of our discontent?
After some thought (and a draft I didn’t much like) I have decided not to add my own musings about autumn to those already posted as part of Ciao’s ‘Newsletter Creative Writing’ campaign, welcome initiative though it is. However, the exercise did put me in mind of this review, written some years ago and surely ripe for an update.
The -ologists who study such things (psychologists, sociologists, climatologists - some diabolical mixture of the three?) claim to have discovered a condition that they call Seasonal Affective Disorder. They call it that in order to produce the catchy acronym SAD, and thereby publicise their dismal discovery, which one would think best kept hidden.According to them, we humans are so moody and suggestible that the mere onset of shorter days and cooler temperatures induces mild depression in us, irrespective of what else is going on. We may, they say, find true love or win the lottery, but if winter is approaching we'll still feel miserable, unless of course we use the lottery winnings to whisk the true love away to the southern hemisphere, where it will be spring and therefore intrinsically more joyful.
This alleged SAD syndrome has been blamed for all sorts of disheartening things from suicide rates to stock market crashes, so we have to take the idea seriously, which is a very different thing from saying we have to accept it at face value. Myself, I find it hard to accept it at face value, if only because of my personal preferences.Autumn seems to me to be a glorious season, full of rich colours and misty mellow fruitfulness, as any Keats will tell you. Its mood music may be reflective, but to me it's never sad. Winter doesn't depress me either. Nothing is more uplifting than to walk on a clear day through a wintry landscape; nothing is cosier than a glowing fireside on a frosty night.
For the record, I love spring too and find even summer tolerable, despite the heat. But this piece is not just about my own seasonal preferences, which could just be the result of my eccentricity.
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