What’s in a Word?

How we perceive meaning isn’t always Black and White.

I like to think about things. Like this:

yingyang

taijitsu, the yin-Yang symbol. Pretty simple. Pretty elegant. It’s widespread, but I don’t know how far afield it has travelled, and what people make of it. Continue reading “What’s in a Word?”

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Why Everybody's More Crazier

or, how our global economics contributes to the spread of mental illness

image by Derek Hess

from the Article over at the Guardian:

What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world. The latest, catastrophic figures for children’s mental health in England reflect a global crisis.

There are plenty of secondary reasons for this distress, but it seems to me that the underlying cause is everywhere the same: human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart. Economic and technological change play a major role, but so does ideology. Though our wellbeing is inextricably linked to the lives of others, everywhere we are told that we will prosper through competitive self-interest and extreme individualism. Continue reading “Why Everybody's More Crazier”