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”

Farther from the Mad Crowd

Exploring Indigenous means to healthier individuals, families, and communities.

I’ve been stumbling across books serendipitously at the library, falling down a rabbit hole of threads. Of late, it’s been neurocognition – neuroplasticity in particular, as well as anthroplogy (although here I’m really getting in on the ground flood). The most recent thread in this quipu appeared suddenly with my reserved books at the library. I don’t recall having requested it, but that’s not uncommon. In Indigenous Healing by Rupert Ross describes the continuing effects of the residential schools on survivors and their children. Ross describes how native healing circles have proved the only successful means of bringing survivors, their families, and communities out of the cycles of addiction, violence, suicide.

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Indigenous Healing

Very brief notes from the book (I was too engaged to extract much, as the book works more as a whole – appropriately enough)

Indigenous Healing – Exploring Traditional Paths by Rupert Ross

Contents
Part One Stumbling into a World of Right Relations
Ch 1 Learning to See Relationally
Ch 2 Seeing Justice Relationally
Ch 3 Moving into Right Relations
The Embedded Indigenous Soul
Ethical Responsibilities toward All of Creation
Languages Built on Spiritual Connections
Place, Space and the Medicine Wheel
the Centrality of the Circle and Ceremony
the Fundamental Posture of Thankfulness
the Notion that Humans are Fundamentally Good
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