that’s my new field. what i’m going to be dealing with for the rest of my life.
did you know that 50% of americans will have at least one of 14 diagnosable mental illnesses in their lifetime. 50%!!! THAT IS AN EPIDEMIC! most of them will never get the treatment they need, a lot of them will not receive timely treatment, and a handful who reach out will be unable to afford the services they so desperately need. the others will be forced onto waiting lists, waiting to see someone, waiting to be medicated, waiting to find someone who cares about them.
what is this country that we live in? we hate old people, we hate people who aren’t white, we hate women, we hate children, we hate politicians, we hate people with disabilities, we hate people with mental illness, and the list goes on and on and on. i find myself incredibly tempted to move out of this country, but i realize with a heavy heart that nowhere is any better. where can i go where the general consensus is to see people as human beings, as being worth time, effort, energy.
how did we turn into such a self-absorbed, hateful society? how did we become a society in which it’s ok to deny treatment for sick people, where it’s ok to leave children in abusive homes, where it’s ok to harass and demean and marginalize people of different races, colors and sexualities? or have we simply always been this way?
who are we to decide who is worth helping and who isn’t? who are we to decide who is allowed to love and who isn’t? who are we to decide how others should live their lives as long as they are not harming themselves or others? why is it ok that people in maximum security prisons get dish tv and 3 meals a day and a 3 year old is forced to beg for food or money on the streets? isn’t anyone working on a way to make prisons more economical AND better psychologically for the inmates? isn’t there a way to house them that rehabilitates them, too? why do we just lock them up and forget about them and then WONDER WHY THEY END UP BACK IN THE SYSTEM?
what is this country coming to? what is our WORLD coming to? how do we make a difference? where do we even begin?