We find ourselves struggling to recover from a recession, embroiled in two wars, worried about the future of the environment, and burdened by spiraling health care costs. Melancholy, or depression, seems to be an unavoidable response. As Phelps said, though, it is both cheap and luxurious; cheap because it costs us nothing, and luxurious because it prevents us from doing what is truly costly. Giving in to the luxury of cheap melancholy is an acceptance of the status quo, an admission that we will simply do nothing.
The alternative is to remember who we are and what God has called us to be, people of hope and grace.
(Dr. Randy Ridenour, my philosophy professor at OBU)” —http://rlridenour.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/the-luxury-of-cheap-melancholy/