Upon watching the History Channel's mini-series on what people consider to be the seven deadly sins, I realized that the ancients had it figured out while those who have shoved religion down our throats in both Europe and America over the past eight centuries were complete idiots.
According to The Seven Deadly Sins, both the Romans and the Greeks viewed apathy and sadness with compassion. They viewed apathy as having the inability to care.
Hippocrates viewed viewed mental conditions as chemical imbalances while the Christians viewed them as sins. Both Roman and Greek physicians thought melancholia was a form of depression. Conversely, the Church viewed the condition as a sin which sentenced you to Hell, to which the only remedy was hard work.
When Dante wrote the Divine Comedy, he assigned those whom he thought were slothful to the fourth level of Hell, where you can barely see the tops of their heads (which explains the cover of Slayer's Reign In Blood-great album from 1986 by the way!). In fact, it was Dante and not the writers of the Bible who assigned victims of suicide a place in Hell.
This stupid view of depression and other mental illnesses was transported to America, along with the religious fanatics who colonized it. The colonists were so stupid that they sentenced anyone who was depressed in the stocks. This primitive view did not change until Cotton Mather ("renowned expert" on witchcraft!) had compassion on his wife, who was sentenced to the stocks for being depressed.
Enter the Puritan work ethic, which tells you that you are too busy to be depressed!
In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Bible tells you to be happy while you are young (Ecc. 11:9-10) and condemns bouts of sadness because those who wrote it had no medical training and were, in fact, idiots. This idiocy was made apparent in the Middle Ages and is still seen today in fundamentalists of respective faiths.
Let's face it-the ancients got it right and our ancestors were complete morons because they followed a book which lacks scientific credibility. One of most tragic things about this is that some still follow a book which gives them nothing but bad advice from people who had no training in the subjects they wrote about.