Some work produced for the MindFreedom Creative Revolution Retreat held July 2007
. This in recognition of mental health awareness month.
WHAT IS HIS AXIS ONE?
WHAT IS HIS AXIS ONE?
The smartly dressed psychiatrist
Practically yelled across the room.
WHAT IS HIS AXIS ONE?
She cried out, the sharp glint in her eyes
almost bouncing light off her
WITHOUT KNOWING HIS AXIS ONE
I’m not certain we can treat him
There are, after all, standards for admission
They have to be met!
And if we cannot determine his Axis One
He doesn’t meet the standard.
But we’ll never determine his Axis One
If all he does today during this meeting
is just sit there –
When I was a kid
the place where I lived
was a squat cinder block building
they called “the Cottage”.
Inside there was a rubber room
with thickly lined walls
one could slam ones’ self into
without really doing much harm.
I got to spend a bit of time there
when I was bad.
This was nothing like the room they used
the next door over
for the really bad kids.
When a really bad kid went into that room
the Counselors would call the rest of us together
in the hallway, outside the room
where we could look through the window in the door.
Through that window
we could see, four feet above the floor
the brown tinged blocks
as we would watch
a fresh application get added
to the otherwise white walls.
“If you are really bad
You’ll get to go in there too!”
If you were only partly bad
You get the rubber room.
At least, there, you get to be left alone.
IN THE ACUPUNCTURE WORKSHOP
In the acupuncture workshop
the breeze closes one door
then opens another - literally
Each of us comes seeking healing
for maladies never discussed.
Then we wait.
and participate in the group
wherein we do not speak
yet get connected.
I have no idea if this treatment will work.
If this seems disconcerting I wonder -
How much different is this
from a blind-faith trust in medication
and otherwise invasive procedures
Such as they are.
So many have faith without even knowing
If those procedures work at all
Give me then, instead
The cool breeze that opened the door.
Labels: mental health, poetry, psychiatric survivors
web surfing for the apocalypse
I don't want to sound like a Jeremiah
["the broken-hearted prophet
" whose heart-rending life, and true prophecies of dire warning went largely unheeded] but humans are on a psychic roller coaster ride right now that lends itself to think this way.
Nevertheless, there are those who believe that we can do something to stem the drive to self-destruction if we but pay heed to the warming warnings and actually make changes in how we conduct ourselves.
The changes we need to make include addressing global climate change, pulling ourselves [and our kids] away from the destructive re-patterning of our brain waves [be it tossing out the violent video games or weaning off of harmful neuroleptic drugs], even altering the ways we engage in the collective decision-making process.
That said, here's some links to go to, ponder what they present, then get off the Barcalounger
and get to work! 350.org
. Bill McKibben's site warning of the impact of CO2 gases on Mother Earth. "350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth.
" The current level of CO2 emission is a 385 parts per million and rising.
What is needed most right now are your actions
that take the number 350 and drive it home: in art, in music, in political demonstrations [remember folks, voting is only one small part of participatory government], in any other way you can imagine. American Hydrogen Association
. If for no other reason, this site is worth the visit to check out the growing collection of motorized vehicles [such as the one on the left of this entry
] that don't run on
gasoline. True, they are not for the technologically challenged, but they offer a start.
"The mission of AHA is to facilitate achievements of prosperity without pollution and to close the information gap between researchers, industry and the public, drawing on world-wide developments concerning hydrogen, solar, wind, hydro, ocean and biomass resource materials, energy conversion, wealth-addition economics, and the environment.
"The goal of AHA is to stimulate interest and help establish the renewable hydrogen energy economy by the year 2010 by... working in cooperation with organizations, environmental groups and industry, community, and schools to promote understanding of hydrogen technology, and help create a marketplace for pollution-free hydrogen energy
." Violent video games and unchecked use of neuroleptic drugs
are major contributors to decreasing out ability to think clearly
. You won't find out about this in the mainstream media, but it is true.
I hope society doesn't wait until all those who self identify as "crazy"
come out, [since prejudice against
people labeled with mental illnesses is more extreme than homophobia] but It is, indeed, crazy people who know full well the deleterious effects of both these market-promoted phenomena.
You might think otherwise. After all, it seems obvious that glorification of violence through the use of a synapse-stimulating electrical device [video games] would result in altering the brain. Likewise, when introducing massive doses of chemicals into one's body that are intended to alter the chemistry and operation of the brain, would cause some problems. Even as far back as the 1970s it was recognized that forced drugging in the Soviet Union was employed as torture to political dissidents. How is forced drugging of ordinary citizens suspected of being disruptive any different? [rhetorical question here. I don't expect a response unless you want to]
One the other hand, one thing we have to consider altering is how we look at participation in government
. It really isn't enought to say you are too busy after work, or that you need to bond with the children when you get home. People in elected leadership positions need to know
that those who elect have interests in decision making outcomes that goes beyond the ballot box.
For that matter, the decision makers running the global fiefdoms that we call corporations
need to hear your perspectives as well. This may be a little more difficult. After all, Boycotts are notoriously difficult to engineer,much less get started. And you have to buy your way into the boardroom by purchasing shares of stock. But all of us must, [as I said above] get out of the lounger and get our point of view heard!
Off the soapbox
for the moment. Stay tuned.
Labels: alternative fuels, civil discourse, CO2 emissions, neuroleptics, social control, video games, violence, voting