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A Healthy Human is Part of a Healthy Community

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Psychiatry looks to individual behavior and thoughts for the cause of mental illness & focuses on individual remedies to treat it. If you are depressed, this is understood as your personal problem & emotional state.

It’s not just our doctors, but ourselves. This attitude reflects values and ways of thinking that are sewn in the fabric of Western culture, and are at their extreme in the US.

Many cultures don’t think about their emotions as something that lives inside of an individual, but more as something between people. Emotions are what people do together, with each other. — Batja Mesquita

CDC estimates that >50% of US population will be diagnosed with a mental illness within their lifetime.

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted in a profoundly sick society.”
— Krishnamurti

This article at Aeon places the discussion in the context of Confucian philosophy, with its thoroughly communal view of health. But nowhere does the article mention Corona lockdown, let alone capitalism.


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