We live in a cold society.
America’s belief in hyper individualism makes this a lonely place to call home.
I’m not writing an op-ed, but I’d like to state some facts about our collective experience as it stands right now. Afterwards, think about potential connections between soaring rates of depression, anxiety and suicide.
- On any given day, and in any sort of setting, it’s not unlikely you could get shot.
- On any given day you could be completely wiped out financially by a health crisis or death in the family. (One percenters exempted).
- When you venture outside, it’s unlikely you’ll have eye contact from other human beings, let alone friendly conversation. So be prepared to pull out your smartphone.
- Are you “on the grid”? Resistance to advertising’s harmful messaging on the web and cable television is futile. Get used to seeing really happy people buying furniture and talking to their doctors about a new FDA approved medication.
- Are you a minority, woman or disabled person? Brace for impact.
Just a few. So why aren’t we happier? I mean, what’s not to be happy about?
If you’re clinically depressed and/or anxious, have a little compassion for yourself. It’s not just your faulty brain, or a personal failure to thrive.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Fight on, everyone.