Of life, mental illness, and a dog’s opinion

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Many things happen whether or not we hear them: Trees falling in the forest; an approaching storm.  Many things exist whether or not we see them: Radon gas and infrared light.  Some things exist whether we see or hear:  Depression and mental illness come to mind.

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The New England Journal of Medicine urges a nationwide smoking age of 21. A pending bill would make New York the first “21” state.

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“The secret is to settle for the shape your life takes, instead of always waiting and wishing for what might make you happy.” — Wally Lamb, author

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The Creigh Deeds family tragedy (Virginia) demonstrates once again that mental health reform does little for those without access to hospital beds.

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CNN’s “Mental Health” page frequently explores autism in America. Nice try. Autism is complicated but it’s not a mental illness.

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The nationwide Parents Television Council has unleashed a new campaign against violence on television.  We’re reminded of grandpa’s advice that barn doors should be closed before the horses bolt.

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Is it possible that God will change his mind about us when He finds out about online poker?

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Suggestion for  the national news media.  Skip the, “He was a (good/nice/quiet) kid” stories in the wake of shooting tragedies.  Such fatuous profiling only serves to undermine reader understanding. Like most of us, the mentally ill want to be accepted.  This requires that one’s misery be hidden from view. Emotional suffering can run forever but it can hide only so long.

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The guy at the next desk urged his Facebook friends to, “Be the kind of person you’d like to meet”?  I’m planning to ask him if it’s acceptable to be the kind of person my dog wants to greet.



© 2014, David Chartrand

David Chartrand writes humor and commentary from his home in Olathe. • •

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