We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Living in America will drive you insane — literally

Click here to access article by Bruce E. Levine from Salon.

The first half of this article is devoted to research data from the medical-pharmaceutical complex which seems devoted to providing cover for their monetary and professional interests. So, I suggest, especially if you are short of time, that you skip down to the section entitled "Mental Illness as Rebellion Against Society" where you are provided with polling data from ordinary people. Here you likely will arrive at very different interpretations.
Once it was routine for many respected social critics such as Lewis Mumford and Erich Fromm to express concern about the impact of modern civilization on our mental health. But today the idea that the mental illness epidemic is also being caused by a peculiar rebellion against a dehumanizing society has been, for the most part, removed from the mainstream map. When a societal problem grows to become all encompassing, we often no longer even notice it.