Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Comments by JJ

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  • It’s been a while since this article was published and I don’t know if my comments will ever be read, but I feel I should post them anyway.

    I felt as though this article was written for me. I was especially struck by this passage: “Often a major pain of their lives that fuels their anxiety and/or depression is fear that their contempt for illegitimate authorities will cause them to be financially and socially marginalized ; but they fear that compliance with such illegitimate authorities will cause them existential death.” Amen to that. In order to keep my job and avoid trouble I have to live a lie and it’s killing my soul. Multiply that by millions of others like me and you have the modern world with all of its hopelessness and despair.

    I have anxiety and mild depression. I feel these problems are almost completely related to work and some other aspects of modern society. My anti-authoritarianism is quite conscious. I thoroughly analyze all authority figures in my life and if I don’t feel they’re legitimate, or if I feel they abuse their authority, I will not only refuse to cooperate with them (so far as I’m able), but also continually look for ways to expose and undermine them. I know that I’m not mentally ill, but I have taken Xanax and similar drugs just to cope with the spirit-crushing boredom and drudgery of my daily work routine and the subsequent anxiety I feel about getting out of bed each morning (I’ve used pot too by the way, and it generally works quite well as long as you don’t get an inferior strain that fosters anxiety).

    What bothers me is that the healthcare industry wants to blame my problems on my chemistry, rather than the actual cause – a civilization that is increasingly homogenous, authoritarian and prone to quash real individuality. Labeling anyone who doesn’t fit into the traditional mold as “sick” is a very dangerous trend that can only produce catastrophic results for society as a whole.