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Swamp of Sadness: My Journey With Apathy

Do you remember the scene in The Neverending story when the horse Artax gets stuck in the Swamp of Sadness?  Most likely you do, and most likely you recall this being the moment that you realized not all kids movies are happy all the time.  If you aren't familiar with the scene it begins with Atreyu (a young boy sent on a mission) and Artax (his steed) who need to navigate their way through the Swamp of Sadness.  

     The devastating power of this swamp is that if you let the sadness around you take hold you will begin to sink into the swamp & it will overpower you.  Artax begins to sink in & as much as Atreyu urges his horse to keep moving, to pull himself out, Artax has let the sadness take away his will to keep moving.  What's the point?  *sink into the mud* Why bother? *sink further* “Fight against the Sadness, Artax. Please, you’re letting the Sadness of the Swamps get to you. You have to try. You have to care. For me. You’re my friend. I love you.” 


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