Health & Medical Self-Improvement

I Will Survive

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds "Those who suggest that the 'dark ages' were a time of violence and superstition would do well to remember the appalling cruelties of our own time, truly without parallel in past ages, as well as the fact that the witch-hunts were not strictly speaking a medieval phenomenon but belong rather to the so-called Renaissance.
" - Jacques Le Goff
Don't listen to crowds.
Forget what they stand for.
The moods that guide crowds are a plague, a plague composed of mostly ignorance and folly.
And live with the knowledge in your own heart that you are guided by something greater than yourself.
The plague of ignorance in crowds can be defeated by gathering the knowledge of your own individual purpose and by how you fit into the Universe.
You can escape the delusions of crowds by breaking the information barrier and seeking the help, not the hope, that you need from empirically trained people our society.
You have to move beyond the judgments of those around you to find your own peace of mind in life.
Because even when they know what you are and who you are, many of them will still look for the fault in you out of their own sense of longing and insecurity-but mostly misguided ignorance.
700 years ago man barely had anything more than distance as his ally against disease and mental confusion.
The average lifespan in the Middle Ages was barely past 40 years of age.
Tuberculosis, Pneumonia and a melting pot of bacterial diseases were running rampant across Europe and Asia.
And for the most part, anyone with mental disorders was drawn and quartered.
It was not until the Renaissance that men reach a point of population expansion again.
Yet even in the New World, skeptics of the unknown benefits of modern medicine and technology exist, shunning their ways for popular superstitions.
I would love to think that by meditating 30 minutes a day I could heal my life.
I would be the ultimate advocate in the gym if I found proof that it cured all my ills.
But I know that these things alone cannot keep me well balanced.
If you fell down in your living room and broke your hip, would you not go to a doctor to have it repaired? If you aged and your face withered, would not anyone grasp at the brass ring of surgery to look younger? If you contracted a fatal disease like cancer, should you rely on just faith, or should you begin treatment to fight for your life? If your moods were so debilitating you could barely function would you not seek a psychiatrist? Do not all of us deserve to fight for life, or should we, like the people of the Dark Ages, cling to the superstitions and hopes that "it will all just get better" and we will all "eventually just get through it?" It is that mentality which has been explored since the beginning of the Middle Ages, where people scoffed at the cure for the plague-which might have been a simple aminoglycoside found in decaying wine and food.
"We should just deal with it!" Really? Bullshit.
I am coming out of the cabinet-the pharmaceutical cabinet.
I have for so many years lived under the fear of what people might think.
But this day, today, I have finally been freed.
Freed by a few simple opinions of others living in the dark.
Seroquel 100mg.
Geodon 40mg.
Lexapro 10mg.
Viramune 200mg.
Truvada 10mg.
Atenolol 10mg.
Testosterone 200mg.
Welcome to the New World.
Or are we in fact, some of us, still living in the dark ages of ignorance turning up our noses at the very prescriptions in pharmacology that can keep us alive? I am not.
Even Ernest Holmes was an advocate of using traditional medicine coupled with spiritual treatment.
I have bipolar disorder (manic/depressive) bordering on schizophrenia, I am HIV-positive, I have high blood pressure, and I have a faulty endocrine system from my chemotherapy years.
Without "those pills" as some people say, I would be unable to lead a normal life, more than likely dead within a few years, and have little or no sex drive or drive to socially interact with human beings.
Without my prescribed regimen, I would inevitably fall down, very far down.
And I would not enjoy the quality of life, as people say.
And yet, I survive.
I will survive.
As long as I know how to love, I know I will survive.
So what should I do with those living in ignorance? Should I forego all medications for those living in the darkness around me? Screw that.
If you read this and find me unworthy of a Facebook friend because I have a psychiatric disorder, please, unfriend me.
I want people in my life who are more than ignorant.
I want people in my life who are more than flights of fancy.
I want people who will travel with me to very end, trying at all costs to understand me and yet knowing that may never happen.
I want people, who can truly look beyond the fact, for me, it really does take six or seven very vital medications to stay alive.
And I want people in my life who feel more inclined to support others in their time of need rather than to justify their own foolish opinions by making sweeping generalizations about them.
If they need to sweep, maybe they should start with their own closets first.
If it makes you feel good about yourself than why not do it? That's the important thing about living-feeling good about yourself.
The most attractive quality I think someone can have is confidence, and you do not get that from crowds.
You get your real confidence in life by standing firm in your own beliefs and by admitting who you are and never regretting it.
You gain the strongest sense of self when you can stand firm for the beauty in other people, despite their shortcomings, prescriptions, disabilities or differences.
And the key to real beauty is always educating yourself.
Educating yourself frees you from the madness of crowds and crowd mentality.
Knowing turns into being, and being becomes better for you when you are able to look beyond all the faults of another person and love them as much as you might love your father or mother.
And it is in knowing that you free yourself forever from the tyranny of madness and delusion, and are able to realize yourself as a child of God.
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