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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Porcupine’s dilemma in a world which has gone mad

Ektie, the small porcupine was in deep thinking mode.

An annoying dilemma has been bothering him already for quite some time.

Ektie was trying to loose weight.

Not that he actually wanted it in the first place. Secretly Ektie was convinced that he possessed rather a gorgeous body, and most importantly, he was feeling comfortable in it.

But something strange was happening in the animal kingdom. It’s like all animals became obsessed with being slim overnight.

Apparently, nowadays, one had to be slim, toned, muscled and firm. Animals were rushing into gyms and all kinds of diets.

Ektie hated both the gym and the diets. He had already tried several of them.

Without any visible result…. as Ektie could witness, - that apart from feeling much more frustrated and even unhappy.

For a week or so he tried eating the cabbage soup. Yes, he did loose some weight, but also his sleep and his radiant appearance. Not only he started to hate the cabbage (his suspicion was that it was for the rest of his life), but he also developed some serious stomach problems.

Then he also tried what they call low-carb diet, all sorts of pills and meal substitutes.

But it simply wasn’t working!

Ektie took a bite from his chocolate bar (with a feeling of guilt) and sighed. Why life was so unfair?

Only recently the animal kingdom was having fun. No one was assessing each other in terms of looks, status and size.

But it seemed that everything started to change. If one wanted to have some sort of recognition and respect, it was necessary to have a size zero figure, have a recent brand of a car and a new plasma tv.

Gone were the days when everyone was judged according to one’s personality.

Take for example, the pig Spike, - one of the best friends of Ektie. He was fun, joyful, great friend, loyal and smart.

And well, because of the recent weight loosing mania, Spike wasn’t daring to leave his house anymore! And Ektie even suspected that Spike was depressed.

Unheard of! Being a pig and being depressed!

If only, the Eagle, the animals’ guardian would soon reappear! If only…

But no one has heard of him already for ages.

Meanwhile, all directions as to how to rule the animal kingdom were coming from the magical raven, who was stuck in Amsterdam visiting coffee shops and smoking marihuana.

The world was going mad….

Friday, March 6, 2015

If paranoia could speak

In one of my previous posts I talked about how painful the process of coming out of the closet can be (Out of the Closet and into the open).

In the case of mental people it means telling the concerned parties that you are mad.

This situation is complicated for a number of reasons. The most obvious one being the stigma. But then there are also such things as trying to be more open with your friends, or wishing to share an important part of your life with someone who might become a potential partner.

So, how and when should we tell the others about the mental condition?

In our imperfect world , where despite the fa├žade of tolerance everyone seems to be afraid of something (difference, madness, weirdness), the answer is never. Not if you want to land a good job, get a promotion or avoid concerned looks on the faces of people to whom you told it. Being mad in our world means that you failed somewhere the expectations of a society based on perfection. We are supposed to be normal, predictable and passive. Not questioning why we have the increased surveillance everywhere, why we spend so much time in the shops and why everyone is obsessed with physical perfection, such as body weight, the amount of wrinkles or buying the latest pink coat (or is it blue coat this year)? Being a machine which follows the commands of the market is the current definition of normality.

An army of sheep who is supposed to be totally complacent, in other words.

And now, imagine the disturbance that a truly mad person causes this status-quo. All mental people, as I noticed, share a number of thoughts, which, in my opinion, should have become a subject of a serious scientific study long time ago.

For instance, one of the common suspicions shared by a large number of mad people is that we are all watched. Doctors call it a delusion, but I came to the conclusion that if anyone is deluded in this instance, it is the doctors themselves.

We are indeed watched! All the time and everywhere. Take Facebook with its privacy policy or Google with its database which shows what you read on the Internet at any point during the day and night. Or take the numerous cameras which are installed with an alarming speed on almost each street under the pretence of the fight against terrorism. Or your Tesco grocery shopping which tells not only Tesco but the companies to which it sells this information, all about your household, your daily habits and your drinking pattern.

The world is slowly moving into installing the chips into our body so that we can be traced anywhere and everywhere. This is another common fear among the mental patients – that we have devices installed into our bodies.

 Another delusion?

Not really, they did start installing them in the US under the last medical programme, called Obamacare.

In case it doesn’t scare you, you should read the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It does cover these events and what it means to accept a mark in or on your body.

Now, does it sound like paranoia?

Yes, of course, as defined by the society which doesn’t want to see the truth.

But this is my point exactly. What if mental people are those who do see the truth and are being silenced for this reason?

And this is why we, ‘the mad’, should start talking despite the stigma. Because once a certain amount of people starts telling the same thing, other people might start listening.