Rp and comment Lions and Tigers and—a Jackass? Oh my !

The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.” The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green .” The discussion became heated, and the two decided to …

Lions and Tigers and—a Jackass?

I would agree with the end synopsis part: the difference between post modern and modern, and the real emotional content. With the caveat : Only in as much as one is informed of those categories by the Modern Method for the discerning of things.

This is to say that the Lion is the Latent Modern presumption of method, the Tiger is the modern orientation upon things, and the donkey is the postmodern orientation. The Lion is the route of individualism and identity whereby agency is assumed but non-active. Or only activated through the tiger-donkey polemic that has recourse to a transcendent Lion (the Modern Real Subject).

The story’s true meaning is that one is always bringing their complaint to the Lion (god). And this opening or recourse in (Modern) consciousness allows for the modern agent’s ‘belief’ in their own ideal of a self-made world. It is this world that is, at once, referring to truth and reality, and without recognizing what is at play, one always held at length in the activity of interaction of subjects for the purpose of sustaining the modern method’s function to present a world.

It is fruitless and deserving of punishment to attempt to have a discussion toward proving a point to those who are not able to reflect upon the truth of the situation. Hence, the real material sustenance of problem.

This is a parable about the the Modern Epistemological Condition.

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RIDE THE TIGER | The Genetics of Mental Illness | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/ride-the-tiger/home/ RIDE THE TIGER Genetics plays a pivotal role in diagnosing mental illnesses. Scientists now believe many …

RIDE THE TIGER | The Genetics of Mental Illness | PBS

Nice.

and my Comment.

When it comes to mental illnesses, we are scared. I don’t think there’s anything more generally frightening than having a mental disorder. At least if you get cancer, or some sort of terminal illness, you know what the fear is: It’s that you’re going to die, actually cease body functioning dead.

When it comes to mental issues, the fear really is that we don’t know what the hell is going on. Not only the person who might have mental issues, but the empirical scientists who are studying it and trying to treat it, really have no clue what’s going on. Despite any of the arguments, this is a fact that can’t be denied — or, it can only be denied through repetitive assertion of progress pressed against hope.

I gotta say, whenever I hear things about how medicine or science might be progressing in the understanding of mental issues, I get kind of excited.

Even treatment options, some of them seem really exciting and helpful. when a treatment makes sense to me I get excited about learning it and helping someone with it, for sure.

Yet, there’s always the sour with the sweet in mental health. This is to say that however excited I might be about whatever new thing that someone is telling us about having to do with mental illness, knowledge of it, treatment of it, once I begin to explore what these people have to say, I inevitably realize that they’re 80% bewildered.

This kind of snake oil approach to mental health, where the placebo effect is functioning on such a grand scale, using statistics and headlines and basically driving good news off of the fear that just exists everywhere around mental health, really drives my philosophical work, but as well really, drives me to want to be there for people that are reaching out for help.

The Nay-Sayers.

Part of what I feel makes me genuine and effective as a mental health practitioner, if I say so myself —

— as I am saying so myself, but colleagues and instructors and mentors have said things very similar so I’m not basing this off of my own ego — that is, not entirely!!! —

– is that I understand the need to believe, but I also try to filter out the bullshit. But not only this; I feel one of the significant things to helping people with mental issues is involved with the attempt to realize that there is no clear reconciliation between mere belief and bullshit, which is to say, there is no sorting it out except in the way that someone actually sorts it out. There is no “pure belief”, and then the truth that lay behind the “pure bullshit”, when we’re approaching it in a certain light.

And I’m speaking to those who would be offended by me talking about the truth of the situation being that the scientists in this video, indeed the video makers, are trying to give us a certain amount of hope. The short video is really kind of saying like, hey, this terrible mental disorder has some sort of foundation in genes, and we’re working out to sort out just how that might be the case so people in the future, future generations may not have to deal with it.

Ok.

However, what they’re really saying is that they don’t know what the hell is going on.

I know that mental health relies heavily on a person’s belief, not only about themselves, but about the world, and about whether or not someone might be able to help them.

The reason why these scientists will not be able to find a gene that has to do with bipolar, or really any sort of mental disorder, is because of the history of mental disorders, which is to say, the way that “scientist/psychiatrist” came up with the idea that there must be something similar to mental disease as there is physical disease.

If I break a bone in my body we can point to the bone and we can say, there it is, and this is how we fix it.

Mental health, and mental disorder, is more like a person sitting in a room coughing. What is the cause of their coughing?  is it the smoke in the room? Is it the vapors coming off of the oil freshly painted walls with no windows? Is it the cilia in the lining of the lungs? Is it that they just took a bong hit and they’ve never smoked weed in their life? Is it because they smoke too much weed throughout their life? Did a fly just fly down their throat?

Now, this is a loose analogy, but it goes to the point of the difference between a physical disease and a mental health disease: 

There is nothing that is bipolar that we can truly find. It’s just a name that we give to a bunch of people that say certain things about their experience.

If you had 100 people called bipolar from whatever objective kind of disorder name that we wanna give them, and you go to talk to each of these hundred people about what is happening with them, you’ll find that there’s 100 different types of bipolar, and at one end, the person’s description will look nothing like the person at the other end. 

In mental issues, the thing that drives them together to cause scientists to look for a gene behind the mental illness is utterly one of faith. And not in the bad way you are thinking, by the way.

As we go down this route, because for sure science will continue going down this route, what will happen is you’ll have a whole group, perhaps a whole generation of people, that are calling themselves bipolar, that is are understood as bipolar, or any other mental issue, all going towards this science of curing the problem, and what will happen is a lifetime of just as much problem as they had before. It might be a different set of problem, it might appear a little bit differently than 20 years ago or whatever, but it’ll just be another set of problems.

The perfect example is what happens to people with the more acute mental disorders who take the antipsychotic medicines for their schizophrenia or their bipolar or whatever. After a time their body starts to react in certain ways. In general, they call this problem tardive dyskinesia. In fact, it is so prevailing now that we have advertisements on the TV on cable on the Internet marketing more medication to help people with their tardive dyskinesia that they’ve gotten from taking medicines for their “bipolar”.

In an ironic twist, it is actually the scientists who are the naysayers. They are saying “no” there is a thing an actual disease of the human body called xyz mental illness.  Their faith, leads them to solve one problem, and then another problem opens up. But of course, it may be easier to deal with the second problem, but one has to wonder just what does bipolar, or any name of mental disease, is, if it just leads one down a long chain of more problems. 

Solutions.

I think some of the problem that maybe some of my readers might have is that I sound like I’m naysaying all the science and all the stuff that goes into helping people with these mental issues. I am not.

What I’m saying is that I’m a realist. The fact of the matter is that no matter what initial mental illness may present itself, it is just something that the person is gonna have to deal with in whatever way that they’re dealing with it, or whatever way they don’t deal with it. There is not gonna be any magic pill for the people who suffer. There may be a magic pill that gets them 70% of the way, but anyone who suffers from mental issues will tell you that medicines never cure the disease. They only help with getting the person to a place where they’re able to decide that they need to deal with it themselves. And that is good ! Like I said: I am not a hater.

But what does that say about the genetic basis of mental disorder? 

Drugs and Reality

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing drugs. I think the question is personal. And I think the question is just, for our modern day, what drugs do I take.

I’m not being sarcastic or ironic, I’m not being pessimistic or cynical. In my blog I try to deal with things as they actually are.

Just as in my practice I try to deal with people as they actually are.

And often, the way things actually are do not match up with the way people actually are.

Maybe that’s the true problem.

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Rp and comment on La ruelle (I think he meant François Laruelle, but maybe la ruelle has significance !)

A storm is coming in. I haven’t written much in the past year; often I hesitate to write at all. Yet, we may surmise a good reason to write and to …

La ruelle

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Hopefully, taking this in-the Spirit, that is intended, I will have a Comment.

For now, perhaps read his first….

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I am not usually open to being vulnerable. My way of life as been very spontaneous and without restraint, but I would not say intentionally or knowingly vulnerable. This is to say that my life was lead being vulnerable, but I did not know it. This manifested as a life of nothing, really; offensive as such a life is to most people, they take advantage without even knowing it as well. So unconsciously most of us live. And I had no means to understand what was happening; my understanding was necessarily withdrawn and reserved from anyone else’s view. Perhaps this is why I am a Counselor now, and why my life is the process of learning to be vulnerable as a life, that is, in and as a move of strength, reflective of a substance of Self.

This person’s reflection today struck a chord with me, and as I have a surprising two weeks off until my next life begins –this being the first day of my vacating my previous liminal living, of learning process, of growing conscious, of gaining distance for an intentional life — I am moved to comment more deeply, with more vulnerability, than I am usually am in my blogging here.

My resistance to the subjective life has lead me to, what I feel, is a more substantial life of truth. The vulnerability here is in finding that substance, one becomes able to show themselves without worry that others can take advantage. This, I think, exposes the problem with an expressed subjectivity from the perspective that subjectivity is the most intimate and thus legitimate means through which to encounter the world: it leads to nothing but more material subjects to consider.

Where would I be if I were nothing but a subject? Well, I wouldn’t be modern. Taken with complete reference to the phenomenological explorations we are so inundated with in philosophy and its social-critical theory, I have to say that the substance of my life is not modern, and yet, I indeed must contend with all of the modern world in which I find the subject of my Self.

There, I do not find my Self, but rather, I find that subject of myself.

Confirmed by the laborious mountain of 200+ years of phenomenal subjectivity founding everywhere and everything, from the basis of modern empirical science to the capitalistic products of our consumption, I believe that indeed the alienation so heavily explored as being a modern human is founded in the discrepancy between the subject reality of my Self and the actuality of my Self. In my work, I refer to this situation as concerning orientation.

But that is for the rest of my work.

Here, I am trying to be vulnerable while also commenting authentically on the feelings conveyed and aroused from the author’s post there.

I feel that the issue they deal with is that they are subsumed in finding their Self through the subject of themself, the phenomenality of historical texts as they appear to inform a real history. I feel they might be involved with a strange sleight of hand ideological trick of misdirection. I believe that François Laruelle is less a reference to the long history of subjectivity than the marker of a break with that tradition, and that to come upon Laruelle and his works in that specific context of history is to miss his point. As well, I see much of his works as increasingly having to deal with the biopolitical tide that works to pull the Self back out into the sea of modern, relative semanitc subjectivity, when what we are really attempting to achieve is the finding of the shore. I believe Heidegger referred to this shore in his works as home. I call this home-that-is-the-shore: the substance of Self. Or, the Object of the Subject.

I can appreciate this author’s wandering style of prose. Indeed, maybe I am doing it here as well, inspired by them.

Yet, as well, In reading the post, I felt a most unsettling drift. It is as though I could feel the author’s struggle to swim against the modern riptide, as though they are coming to the realization that they are losing the battle and are about to give up and just sink.

“Maybe at the bottom of this churning ocean, I might find rest,” I seem to hear from them, floating in the winds.

…And I wanted to offer a source of strength.

Maybe I have.

La ruelle: the small street.

Who knows?

x

Brazilian Politician is All-too Stupid: Just like most People

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Are his comments an exception ?

I think not.

I think that we could goto anywhere and find that most men think exactly the same way, whether they say it out loud or not.

I’m not making an excuse – quite the contrary. However, I am pointing out the contingency of the public opinion by which this would be news worthy:

It is the general naïveté of political involvement and the overreach of morality into preferred ideals for governance – embodied contradiction – that shows the present state of states.

Again, I am merely pointing out an example that move to a point of a truth about reality.

How often do elected officials get “found out”?

Often. But maybe not enough.

But how much are we going to allow government to be involved with dictating and enforcing morality ?

One could say that there is an irony in that both Putin and this Brazilian politician are part of the same strain of representatives: toxic masculinity as an institution.

What really is happening here?

Mental health issues.

Narcissist Putin Puts Nuclear Forces On High Alert Amidst Paranoid Delusion

Ukraine’s delegation arrived on the border with Belarus for scheduled talks with Russia, as Western sanctions put pressure on the country’s economy.
— Read on www.huffpost.com/entry/putin-nuclear-high-alert-tensions_n_621c53eee4b0afc668c2997b

—- The explanatory power of mental health can no longer be set aside. Or, it can only be denied.

When the narcissist’s world begins to be challenged, he will up the stakes and go all in, because that is what is actually happening to his gaslit world: it is actually being attacked by those powers that he has been attempting to control.

His identity, thus his world — since that equation is what constitutes narcissism — sees his death on the horizon and begins to behave frantically and out of fear. But he does not know it as fear, again, because ignorance of others’ right to Be is also part of narcissism.xx

Rp The Functioning Dictatorship

harmoniaphilosophica.com/2011/01/11/the-dictatorship-of-the-science-of-2jszrulazj6wq-15/

“When you are desperate, you will take any advice from someone who says they can help. When you begin to think, though, desperation often stays away, and help arrives in a different form.

However, most people do not want to think, and what they understand as thinking is more like living unconsciously. Thier ideas formed and opinions swayed as the tide of fashion and populism, and what is dictated to them as help often has some effect or appearance of helping. They are kept in a state of existential desperation for the purpose of simple solutions and momentary fixes that lean on dependency. This we call ‘reality’.

Hence, one of the main issues of our time is this contradiction of lived experience.

For, there is no getting people to think simply by telling them that they are ignorant; they routinely will simply tell you that you are wrong, and even resort to violence – whether personal or state-sanctioned – to have the right to their “ignorance”.

We have to approach it a different way then… ”

Cyd Nate.

The Culture of Cultures: An example of how the explanatory term of mental health begins to account for all human endeavor

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man: 9781982141462: Trump Ph.D., Mary L.: Books
— Read on www.amazon.com/Too-Much-Never-Enough-Dangerous/dp/1982141468/ref=nodl_

—– Just an example; perhaps motivated by a little Justice as well. 😙

Nonetheless; this is an example of how the cult of individualism is being accounted for sufficiently to only allow for two responses. 

Accept it. The rationale behind mental health and its capacity of overwhelming explanatory power leaves even the most ardent skeptic to accept at least some of its truth, and work with it.

Deny it. Explanatory power of the trope of mental health can only be denied. This is to say, it’s explanatory power hits home. This effect on people, which is to say, due to parts of its power for making sense, brings about a response of rejection.

Similar to when someone notices something about us that we are trying to protect, and we feel embarrassment, so it is that the explanatory power of mental health reaches into our very nature, indeed, describes the cult of individualism to the extent that those who adhere to it as an ontological truth have nothing to do but to reject it and indeed fight against it. In the end, unfortunate and ironic, all they have left is recourse to violence.

This is a focal issue of Modernity: The issue of The Two Routes. 

This question is salient: How do I find my individual self without the multiplicity of beings to show me the way to where I am?

Love and Neurosis 💙

On this wonderfully fabricated day of promoting national fecundity, I am pondering all the problems that arise to individuals in relationship.

Neurosis.

Neurosis is a latinized word for nervousness. Originally, nervousness just meant excessive worry or sadness.

Though for pretty much all of history various organs of the body were held to be responsible for various ‘strangenesses’ that people would exhibit, It was the great proto-modern scientists of the 18-19th century that capitalized on the nerves as the reason for such oddities.

The actual oddity, though, is it is reasonably possible that there is no more or less reason to see a connection between ‘disordered’ behavior and the nerves than it is to see a link between odd behavior and any other organ. It is only the lens we are having now that we see through the trope of “nerves-brain”.

As well, when we look with a discerning mind, no more or less people are being ‘fixed’ due to an emphasis on the brain than they were when it was other organs, humors, or even “sin” that was the problem of behavioral oddity.

Capitalism and Empiricism

Capitalization – the emphasis of developing useful something from an apparent excess of nothing – thus moved our modern psychology to focus on the mass of nerves called the brain as the cause of human behavior oddity.

Yet, due to the lack or general inability for psychology and it’s ilk to really make a dent in the problems it defines, neurosis, as a name for a disease, has been broken up into multitudinous parts, yielding the “disorders” we find in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -5 that we use now. As though coming up with more diseases will solve the problem instead of just one problem ‘neurosis’.

So, when someone tells you that you have General Anxiety Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder due to bad relationships, you can tell them that actually you simply are a little more worried and sad about things than most people. And maybe if they would stop being so neurotic you might actually be ok! 😁

As well, you can tell them it probably has very little to do with your brain or nerves — any more than it has to do with your lungs or your liver — or any other chemical mass.

And, as to the topic of chemistry:

if all we are looking for is to feel better, we may have to take another look at addiction, what that really means, and whether institutional addiction under the name of ‘medication’ is really an ethical standard we want to support.

No judgement; just open consideration of the facts.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Perhaps if we understand mental issues as an issue of the heart, we might actually get somewhere!

🫀🧠🫁❤️

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