There, But For The Grace Of … What?

by Izaakmak

I have written frequently and openly in this blog about my problems with depression and addiction. I have described my having become an “urban hermit” in an effort to isolate myself from the madness of “the global asylum.” I have talked extensively about the philosophical flaws within our culture that I think has helped to bring on an epidemic of mental illness, as demonstrated by our accelerating usage of both legal and illegal substances for treating the anxiety and depression that results from these flaws. And, once again, I am sickened to have my beliefs confirmed by recent news.

The first came from MyDepressionConnection.com in their article: Study: Americans’ antidepressant use has almost doubled:

Data from a new report shows that between 1996 and 2005, antidepressant use among residents of the United States nearly doubled. Overall, 10.12 percent of Americans over age six were using antidepressants in 2005, compared to 5.8 percent in 1996. But researchers found about the same number of people–about 26 percent–were being treated for depression, a figure that suggests antidepressants are being more frequently prescribed for conditions other than depression, such as mood disorders and anxiety. During the same time period, investigators say there was a concurrent rise in the use of other psychiatric medications such as antipsychotic drugs.

The actual study can be found at Antidepressant Use in U.S. Has Almost Doubled. I’d be willing to bet that the recent economic downturn has resulted in even greater usage of “medication” as people try even harder to ignore the truth. I, for one, can’t wait for the statistics to include the last 4 years!

The second came when four people were killed after gunman George Sodini, 48, opened fire at a Bridgeville, PA LA Fitness workout center before killing himself. This tragedy has been all over television news as well as the web. You can get all of the details at links such as MSNBC’s Pa. gym shooter showed disturbing signs, and Raincoaster’s blog post George Sodini’s blog: the plan which actually includes a reposting of his blog. These sites, and many others, have more than adequately covered the tragedy and the events leading up to it. I feel no need to duplicate that effort here.

For myself, I just want to express my disappointment, outrage and fear by restating, once again, how the strangest and most dangerous things grow only in isolation. I can’t help but wonder at how, with only minor changes in my history, it could have been me instead of George Sodini at that gym. But a culture that thrives on “freak show” politics has only itself to blame when the occasional “innocent bystander” is attacked by one of the freaks. And, worst of all, is the sad truth is that there are many amongst us who just love it.

As usual, all of this reminds me of a song.

Aerosmith – Seasons Of Wither

Blues hearted lady sleepy was she. Love for the devil brought her to me
Sea’s of a thousand drawn to her sin. Seasons of wither holdin’ me in

Ooh woe is me I feel so badly for you
Ooh woe is me I feel so sadly for you
In time bound to lose your mind
Live on borrowed time
Take the wind right out of your sail

Fireflies dance in the heat of Hound dogs that bay at the moon
My ship leaves in the midnight. Can’t say I’ll be back too soon

They awaken far far away. Heat of my candle show me the way
Sea’s of a thousand drawn to her sin. Seasons of wither holdin’ me in

Ooh woe is me I feel so badly for you
Ooh woe is me I feel so sadly for you
In time bound to lose your mind
Live on borrowed time
Take the wind right out of your sail

I want ice water.

Posted in Aerosmith, George Sodini, anxiety, depression, global asylum, isolation, lyrics, music, news, philosophy, politics | Tags: Major Rants

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5 Responses to There, But For The Grace Of … What?

  1. pochp says:

    You’re really impressive man.
    Right. We learn more when we watch the audience.

  2. pochp says:

    ‘But a culture that thrives on “freak show” politics has only itself to blame when the occasional “innocent bystander” is attacked by one of the freaks. And, worst of all, is the sad truth is that there are many amongst us who just love it.’

    Bravo. By just this conclusive phrase alone, you convince me that you’re a real writer.
    Btw, since you’re a music fanatic like me, visit pochpmusic.wordpress sometime.

  3. izaakmak says:

    Thanks again for the exposure, Poch.

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