In terms of mental illness, the U.S. is fast going downhill or so it seems if you look at the usual MSM data. But is this really so or are people being pushed to insanity? There is a lot of money to be made by putting people on medically prescribed drugs for various pseudoscientific mental disorders. At the same time, these drugs have the potential to cause great harm. More than likely such drugs will only worsen the problem by introducing dangerous, unintended, side effects — we might call this phenomenon for now, a ‘pharmacological vicious circle’.
Just recently, it was found that sixty-nine percent of the DSM-5 task force were connected with Big Pharma which raises ethical questions. By the same token there is no money to be made by meditation and the simple practice of everyday mindfulness, which is now considered to be an alternative to individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which still includes the use of antidepressants (Study: Meditation as effective as psychotherapy for depression). The beauty of this alternative approach is that it is inexpensive and doesn’t require med cocktails which can lead to serious problems. But will it convince the majority of people who like to run to their primary care physician when they are upset hoping to get a legal fix at CVS?
There is something horribly wrong with a system that allows unchecked exploitation of its citizens in various guises; which actively creates and maintains the necessary machinery to make people both mentally and physically ill because that is where the money is. Let’s call it what it is, predatory capitalism.
It constantly insults and deceives the human heart and its intrinsic goodness. It wants to keep everyone at the level of being 'prey' with just enough education to follow the system but not enough to change it so as to make it compassionate and meaningful instead of cruel and hopeless. The system even seems to perpetuate itself as if there were some kind of demonic organism in control of the apparatus, pulling the levers; giving orders to its minions. The only escape such a system allows is suicide which comes in various forms which is first sensed as a feeling of exhaustion and a wish for oblivion.
Even if one chooses blind rebellion, the system absorbs the blows. At the end of the day we find ourselves still turning into automatons. No longer do we even believe there is a soul or the way to the transcendent within us. We are even taught that we are only a brain that is encoded to eventually destroy itself, and we believe it, even defending such a view even though it is patently evil.