American Politics and a Weird Fear
Extreme Anxiety is No Laughing Matter
Joe Does Not Get A Mental Disease From Sally. It is Not communicable!
I really do not care which “side of the aisle” or political affiliation one has. But I was reading some about what we call the “greatest generation”. And it scared me. We have left our heritage of bravery and perseverance for whining and fear of the future. “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR's First Inaugural Address is something we have taken and trashed. It is not my intention to belittle people who are genuinely afraid of what may happen. I am quite aware that their truth is one of fear.
Fear does not win battles. Fear does not steer a proper course. Fear does not bring good children into our world. Fear does not teach our children. Fear does not encourage exceptionalism. Fear is antagonistic of faith. Fear cripples. Fear causes illness. Fear is the hell of creation.
Why would someone choose fear as opposed to hate or hope? Fear is an inside job. It can be a phobia like a fear of spiders or clowns. Fear is real but the clown and the spider do not cause it. Someone must choose to be afraid. I do a nasty nasty job of fearing heights. The ledge I walk on like a curb is no problem unless it is 50 feet above ground – but it is the same old ledge and curb so I somehow choose to be a frightened child if height is involved.
This is not the fault of the height it is due to my paranoia.
Back in a day long ago when I was an adrenaline junky I would even dive off of high cliffs that I was afraid of just for the rush. Maybe that is bad, was bad, but I am alive and I came out grinning.
So when I got to reading all kinds of stuff I fell upon this crazy notion from those crazy Jesus followers. Matthew 6:27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Now hold on there I do not poo poo the notion that some people have anxiety, depression and other disorders. But what I see of late is that they blame them on someone or thing. Watch out now that is not good. My mama was a fine nurse for a factory that built our aircraft to win WWII. Can you imagine if she were fear driven? What about Rosie the Riveter? How in the heck could they have stormed Normandy if they were all fearful of FDR sitting in a wheelchair?
Is a Sunset Beautiful For All Races?
Being Not Rich Does Not Justify Mental Illness.
Why Can We Feel Entitled To Judge Another?
There are really people out there that somehow come up with a notion that a situation can make you ill. I am serious. For sure some people think that someone else causes them to have a mental disorder. I can guarantee you that my Christmas credit card debt is causing my depression!! The debt is what causes me to be disabled where I cannot work as I am too riddled by my disorder caused by high interest rates. If that does not sound lunatic then I have pity on your soul, brain and body.
And so even the least of us mentally capable folks get the gist of the idea. Circumstances do not cause mental illness. And 100% fear of future events is off the chart an indication of a pre-existing psychological disorder. We are not speaking here of a rightful reaction to a loss or injury.
Check this out if you are leery of my above quote of FDR and my Bible reference. Just a fun one off the internet: Stress, Health, and Hormones. Things like stress, using alcohol or drugs, and hormone changes also affect the brain's delicate chemistry and mood. Some health conditions may cause depression-like symptoms. For example, hypothyroidism is known to cause a depressed mood in some people.
So interesting because I have cancer and that does not cause an anxiety/depression disorder but the mere notion of Trump causes folks to have disorders? Let me see; I have cancer now. You have worry about the future. Which one of us should be more crazy anxious about life. America cannot be the beacon as long as it is inhabited by folks that do not heed FDR. Fear is the fear that kills a heart. Fear is the reality of one detached from reality. Handwringing of tomorrow or what might be or who might be is ludicrous.
I jumped down all smooth like under my desk in Kindergarten. And I put my hands over my neck and when called I hustled down to the basement of my school. All orderly like, once a month. I always got a star from Ms. Tinsley, my teacher, for doing it right. I actually understood that the actions would not prevent me from being fried by an Atomic bomb.
I do declare that I was only about twelve. My elder brother had led and coaxed me up to about a 2,000 foot sheer sided red rock cliff about a mile up from Sedona Arizona. We could go back and avoid the cliffhanger or we could push on and hitchhike back to our family cabin.
The swarthy bastard tied a few pieces of clothes together for me to “belay” with. He did not do it because it would work and he did not do it because I needed it, he did it to waylay my fears and I made it just fine.
The ride home was in the back of a pickup by a man who had been my father’s patient and he owed him. I was intoxicated by fear. It went round and round in my head. But when I fell asleep in the mountain meadow it was one of the finest sleeps I ever had.
Life ain’t good it is damn good.
Love is Far More Important Than Your Opinion
Years Ago I Was Allowed to Sing This In a Public School Christmas Play. I Don't Think It Offended or Drove Anyone Mad.
My son came home with a drawing of a Menorah and next something to do with Kwansa. I think this week will be a Buddha thing and a Christian thing. Our school teaches without priority of who. I am proud of my public school.
If You Have Not Hung Out in The Worlds Greatest Slums and Ghettos But Sit In Your Home Worried About ????? Get It Together and Go Volunteer.
So there I was about ready to hit the toughest largest drop in snow skiing downhill in a place called Wolf Creek Pass. In about 1.8 kilometers you go thousand feet down. A virtual cliff. Yes speeds have been clocked there at over 90 kilometers an hour but only by those who crashed. You stand/crouch there in the starting gate hell bent on winning. But that is only about 40% the rest is complete terror of making it without dying. That is fear. And on my last attempt my back and kidneys were so injured in a fall that it was the end of my career. This is fear.
Worried about what a politician does is not fear unless the person makes it so. And then we are talking about a phobia without rational impetus. One time while working in Paris France we signed on to taking pictures of massacres in Africa. Totally stupid but for Jimmy Carter so it had to be right. The only thing more frightening than taking pictures of a holocaust is being shot at in the process. That is fear.
I was just standing there like an idiot. My wife was in serious pain. Our first baby was caught up in the umbilical chord. Her head popped out ready for birth but the chord was tight around her neck and she was all blue. I was there all Lamaze stuff. In mere seconds she would be brain damaged or not. Now I tell you people that is fear and what John McCain or Nancy Pelosi might do tomorrow is not fear. It is uncalled for worry, and is not worth our time to banter about.
Please people worry not. Accept not a normalcy of worry. Do not pile on in this insanity. Act right and true. Donate to causes, hail your understanding of God. Give more in your community by thinking globally but acting locally. You cannot gain one moment of life by worry, but you damn sure can lose it.
Oh Lord let us not trivialize real problems with make believe ones.