We often forget that we are not the one who commits suicide but only the recipients of realizations relating to the other’s decision to leave us. It’s easy to forget.
The media, as a general rule, does not report on suicides. The reason for this is that when the media reports on suicide there is a corresponding uptick in the suicide rate. We might think of this as a sort of permissions slip passed around the news rooms and living rooms of this Earth. However, when the person who commits suicide is a celebrity there is little avoiding that reporting: we all want to know what has happened, the consequences be damned!
Last night one of my all-time favorite bands lost a singer and friend. Let us take a moment.
That angelic voice, you will note is silent. This is the future echoed from the past.
Please take some time out to say hello to your old friends. They may appreciate hearing from you.
Here is a great article discussing one particular mental ordering (autism) and how diagnosis changes and does not change lives. I find this story to be compelling because it lays bare the defining mental orders and how mental ordering defines individuals.
My usual metaphor for brain traits is an enormous equalizer loaded with perhaps billions of sliders. You could conceptualize these sliders as broad categories like autism or obsessive compulsive disorder, but it may be more appropriate to scale the sliders as individual traits like those which make up the diagnostic criteria for the various mental states we have so-far defined.
In any given individual a particular slider may be higher or lower depending on various contributing factors. It would be somewhat rare to locate someone who had all the sliders for a particular concept (autism or even masculinity) pushed all the way to the top (or pulled all the way down), but we should expect that for any given individual few sliders would be resting right in the middle.
(This model should work for genetic expression as well.)
Something I point out repeatedly is that masculine images are pointed toward a mountain peak where no oxygen tank can take us. Please read this article discussing certain clues a piece is sexist against males:
I think the assessment of Scott Pilgrim is the only flaw in the article. Pilgrim fights males and females, is more capable of expressing his emotion than is the female he pursues, and of course the female certainly does not fall into Scott’s lap.
Yea, verily I say unto you be kind, respectful, and loving toward thine own self, thine own helpers and servers and protectors, thine own kin and friends and relations, thine own species and kindred species, and thine own home and home world. Or, basically, don’t be an asshole, wipe your ass, and help everyone clean up once in a while.
I came across a terrific article on the decline of religiosity, the advancement of anti-secretism, and our position in this historical flow.
This is my favorite quote:
If we are lucky—if human health and security continue to rise and spread around the globe—churches might evolve into humanist communities and social clubs, dedicated to good works, with distinctive ceremonies and disappearing doctrine, except for a scattering of reclusive sects marked by something like institutional paranoia.