A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid

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There's a story on tv about keeping kids safe from abduction, abuse, and harm in general by teaching them how to react to strangers and people who may want to harm them and how to read the signals given off by people who are attempting to hurt them.
All of this focus on strangers.
Then they follow up the story with "and Remember that most instances of abduction and abuse against children are commited by people they already know," thereby negating the importance of the story they just ran.

I'm sort of baffled by the way people exaggerate statistics and standards. Why are more people depressed and on prozac now than ever have been? Becuase depression as a psychological condition (a psychological condition that could be treated by anything other than a "buck up, friend") is new.
Why there all these new conditions and diseases? Are we really a more depressed society? A more anxious society? Why are so many people on MAOIs and SRIs?
It isn't because there's been an explosion in depression. It isn't because we're just *such* a screwed up society that more of us are screwed up.
It's becuase these drugs are new. The conditions we treat today with medication and therapy were just the way people were 50-70 years ago. You aren't happy? So what? most people aren't happy. You contemplate killing yourself? so what? most people want to die. That's just how it was. There was a 'suck it up and move on' attitude that we've lost. It's because the clasification of anxiety disorders, depression, borderline personalities, dysphoric disorders and the like are brand spanking new. It's becuase we've all got this kooky idea that they didn't have 50 years ago... the idea that we're *supposed* to be happy like the sitcom families, in love like the r&b ballads, and satisfied with our lives and our places in them like the cards at Hallmark.

Where the hell did we get that idea?
Why do we all of a sudden feel like we're not only capable of, but *entitled to* constant fulfillment? Who filled our heads with that bullshit?
As far as I can tell, it started in the 60s. At the same time we started rallying for civil rights, pushing for equality, getting the idea that we had the ability and the *right* to participate in our government more fully by any means necessary we went too far and decided that "pursuit of happiness" somehow meant "right to happiness" and when no one handed it to us... well... we made drugs to do it for us.

That's simplistic, I know. But I think it's somewhere in the right arena. Or at least a decent theory...

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