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Tao P
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'It is no sign of health to be well adjusted to a sick society' How can we make a healthy society?

There seems to be an ever increasing number of people who are depressed, or have another form of mental 'deficientcy': ADHD bipolar... What is causing this increase and how can we remedy it?
It is my belief that we need to focus our lives around what it means to be human: movement, community and meaningful creative work. Do you agree? What would this new way of life look like to you?

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    Oct 10 2013: A few factors play into this false perception of an increase in the number of psychological illnesses. First, our awareness in regard to these conditions has been steadily increasing over time. Second, the population is obviously increasing.

    Another factor to consider is the shifts in society. Generally, a psychological condition that impairs a person's functionality today could have had little or no impact in the past. The changes in society may uncover psychological impairments that did not cause problems in a different environment.

    Creating a more stable society requires that we confront many complex issues. First, we need to have a shared goal. Unfortunately, a shared vision or goal is difficult to create. Until we can shift our focus to progress as a species, not as a nation, gender, race, or sexual preference, we will not move very far.

    We need balance. I know that sounds really silly to some. However, balance is the only state in which we can move forward with little to no resistance.

    A state of balance is a little less complicated than it sounds. Racism, greed, and hate contribute to an unbalanced state. Too much of one thing and not enough of the other. For example, having a government that denies its' people the opportunities to succeed in life creates an unbalanced environment.

    On the other hand, having a government that gives out too much deprives people from gaining the experience necessary for personal growth. Balance is a key concept related to health in general. A balanced diet or a balanced exercise routine will always be the optimal choice.

    The rate of mental illness and depression is not rising. However, we are becoming more aware of these problems. That in itself is a great step forward.

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