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Re^2: PerlMonks - my haven of calmness and sanity

by markong (Pilgrim)
on Jan 27, 2022 at 15:16 UTC ( [id://11140898]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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And mental "normality" is a social construct

More a political artifact: according to a vast critical literature on the subject the "psy" professions and related institutions are self-reinforcing political tools to control and shape the general population according to the prevalent power/economic doctrines.
For instance nowadays in the so called western world Neo-liberalism has shaped the current definition of "normality".

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Re^3: PerlMonks - my haven of calmness and sanity
by tangent (Parson) on Jan 27, 2022 at 15:36 UTC
    Foucault's "Birth of the Clinic" blew me away. To add, pharmaceutical companies are constantly inventing new mental disorders to sell more product, when in reality they are just part of human diversity. The level of medication handed out to children these days is off the scale.

      More than 70 million Americans are on psych meds. Most, if not all, school shootings have been kids on them. :(

        > More than 70 million Americans are on psych meds.

        A very efficient way to reduce this, is the novel method of "conspiracy theory".


          Did you ever notice that most big pharmaceuticals have Chinese or German names? Pfizer, Merck, Bayer, Hoffmann, ...

          And George Soros, Bill Gates and the Vatican all have shares of those companies. This can't be accidental!

          Come and join the anti-druggers ... find us on FB, Tik-Tok and Disney Club.

          Next rally on Friday evening in front of the big pharmacy!

          Down with pills! Make PEZ great again!


        This might sound like sarcasm, but I'm convinced it could work if done properly.

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
        Wikisyntax for the Monastery

      > The level of medication handed out to children these days is off the scale.

      Come on...

      What better way to treat the physical inactivity of kids and the resulting ADHD than pills???

      I mean letting them exhaust their energies while playing in the woods is so 80s ...

        I'm more worried about the mental inactivity of kids these days. Uncle Google provides the answers to all homework assignments. And why read a book when you have Youtube, Netflix, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and DIscord. And with all the social media, where is the time to just lay in the grass, stare at the clouds and let your imagination run wild?

        You have to learn to daydream, use your fantasy, imagine what could be. How else are you going to improve the world when you grow up? I think Terry Pratchett explained it best in his "Hogfather" novel. There are two related quotes:

        Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

        and this short passage:

        "Yes! The sun would have risen just the same, yes?"
        "Oh, come on. You can't expect me to believe that. It's an astronomical fact."
        "Really? Then what would have happened, pray?"

        Or, as the late Sir Terry put it: "You need to believe in things that aren't true, how else can they become?"

        Take all the maths and boolean logic away, and that is what is really at the core of creating software. You let your mind run wild, imagine how the future is all a bit brighter if only there was a program that would do so-and-so. You fantasize how the data would flow from A to B, you dream of an interface that is so much easier to use. Then, and only then, you are ready to sit down at your desk and write the thing. And you know what you have to do, because in your fantasy you have already seen the result. By the sheer power of imagination, you just created your own personal predestination paradox, a causal loop in which the present present is shaped by the future through this magical box on your desk that allows you to chance the world.

        But without fantasy, without imagination, without actively spending time to learn to daydream, what is there really? This thing on your desk is nothing but wires and lights in a box. It's just an instrument to temporarily dull the eternal boredom and the futility of everyday existence.

        In my opinion, this is what we are really taking away from kids these days. It's not the "running around in the woods", it's the idea that you go into the woods, declare yourself the ruler of it and imagining how you could build your own castle from scraps to rule over your new kingdom, just for an afternoon. It's the idea that, today, a dragon is hiding deep in the forest, and you have to defeat it to save your sister, the princess. It's the dream of, one day, stumbling upon the gingerbread house, finding the buried treasure and climbing that beanstalk. Or daydreaming of being an astronaut, building the world's tallest skyscraper or driving the fastest race car.

        Edit: posted a longer version of this reply on my blog (mostly, because i have a fancier editor that makes it somewhat easier to write stuff):

        perl -e 'use Crypt::Digest::SHA256 qw[sha256_hex]; print substr(sha256_hex("the Answer To Life, The Universe And Everything"), 6, 2), "\n";'

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