Thursday, March 16, 2017

Some advice for the president! - That could also change the public's view of mental health service!

Once again I've had to change the major focus of my rant this week. I made the mistake of intensely watching the various television news outlets including Fox all week. And I feel compelled to offer the advice that I was reluctant to give a previous president who I feel caused us Democrats to lose three elections because of his dalliance with an intern.

President Trump needs to see a psychiatrist in my opinion!  Certainly from his behavior during the campaign and recent tweets from the White House, this should be obvious to any astute mental health observer. For me it was underscored as I listened to his recent Nashville "campaign" speech and appalled by the similarity it had with two European dictators I personally heard on the radio some 75 years, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. The same folksy, caustic prancing before adoring followers.  And I have also read about the wild exploits of Napoleon Bonaparte who also barged ahead without thoughtful reliance on knowledgeable advisers.  .

Think of the positive effect it would have on a society that still looks down upon anyone with a mental illness – especially an illness now so easily treated with proper counseling and medication. Indeed I felt this way during the presidency of Bill Clinton. What an example he might've set for seeking treatment for his very obvious reprehensible behavior in his relationship with a White House intern. It was however rather common knowledge to anyone, particularly those of us in the Beltway, that he at least was receiving counseling from spiritual and other advisers. Oh that I could see evidence that President Trump is following a similar course.

BUT LAST WEEK I PROMISED TO DO SOMETHING WE COULD ALL DO NOW!

And it's even more important now that we have seen the president's proposal to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency! How often we overlook, or don't know of the simple things that we as individual citizens could do. We've gotten extremely good at rallies and protests but it is also time for us to take our care and love of the earth to heart and do what we can to overcome the failings of our government. So often we think only in terms of grandiose projects that must be done to save our fragile world. We have little specific knowledge of daily steps that we could do to conserve energy and preserve the environment. I know that in the Washington area particularly there are many Think Tanks devoted to the environment.  Have they advise to me/us?  Perhaps a check list with which we could remind ourselves each day?

I'D LIKE TO RECEIVE SUGGESTIONS TO PASS ON TO OTHERS RELATING TO THE TOPIC:

WHAT ARE THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THE AVERAGE CITIZEN CAN DO EACH DAY TO HELP PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT?:

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  2. The following are some - can't think of ten, and do not feel like (will say why later):

    1) Go vegan/vegetarian.
    2) Donate to organizations which work in this field (https://www.outsideonline.com/2144781/6-best-environmental-groups-donate-better-world) (as frequently as possible)
    3) Buy less. Not necessarily local, because that does not necessitate the product being greener.
    4) Fix what is broken.
    5) Take public transport, if feasible. Saves you money too.
    5) Spread the word - as you are!

    There are a number of other things that may seem mundane - for example, switching off unused electrical appliances. One can find umpteen everyday ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Just look out for them!

    However, I feel these words are rather empty. The vast amount of damage done to the environment is done by organizations in a manner that make our actions mean nothing. Moreover, it is policies like those of Trump which nullify anything we can do individually in our lifetimes. I thus understand your frustration. So I add no. 7:

    7) Vote.

    Moreover, although in the West environmentalism is in fashion, less developed countries have a far smaller per capita footprint. This is because, out of necessity, the consume and expend less. Hopefully our motivations for doing so in the future will not be concerned with survival.

    Nurmister.

    Ps - National Geographic and LdC made a great documentary on this topic - watch this instead of Fox News, although it is far more troubling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJQm7exQwY

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    1. Hmm, we cannot do no. 7 every day. But I hope you get the point - as far as the data shows, the democrats lost the election due to their non-participation more than anything.

      Moreover, your point on mental illness is fascinating: where does one draw the line about what is an unhealthy frame of mind when one is required to take on the mammoth, often morally-ambiguous task of leading a country?

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