You might be depressed because the system sucks, not because you suck

The current mental health profession generally accepts that suffering from high anxiety or depression is a sign of bad mental health and can/should be treated with drugs and extensive optimism training. Drugs and blind optimism have their place, but the root of much of the anxiety and depression in the world is caused by the fact that much of “the system” is insane, and if you’re a logical, reasonable person, then the contradictions and abuses inherent in the system will drive you to anxiety and depression. Consider the following points:

  • Work places have totalitarian control over your life while you’re at work, and America has one of the largest prison populations in the world, but we’re told we live in the land of the free.
  • All day long the television and radio churn out commercials encouraging us to buy wasteful junk, and then we’re told that if we buy that junk we’re irresponsible and destroying the environment.
  • It’s fashionable to get drunk. It’s unconscionable to get high.
  • If you feed your family poison over the course of several years until they die you can get the death penalty. If you run a tobacco company that poisons millions of people over several years until they die you get a golden parachute.
  • The stock market is designed to fund companies at the expense of the investors, but when investors lose their money in the system that was designed to take their money the investors are told they were foolish with their money.
  • Houses cost twice what they’re worth and are so confusing to buy you have to hire someone to help you navigate the paperwork, and we blame the people who got tricked into buying houses that cost twice as much as advertised for the mortgage crisis.
  • A higher education is necessary to earn a living wage, but if you can’t afford a college education you’re told the reason you’re not earning a living wage because is because you’re lazy and worthless.
  • People are killing each other over which mythology is the most loving.
  • We’re taught that slavery is unconscionable, but almost all of our clothes and household goods are made by slaves in sweatshops.
  • Poor people work the longest hours at the hardest jobs, but we’re told they’re poor because they’re lazy.
  • America spends half its federal budget on the industrial war complex to protect freedom, but America is the largest exporter of war and has the highest prison population.
  • Janitors have to take drug tests, but political leaders don’t. In fact, they have diplomatic immunity.
  • Police cars are designed to look intimidating, but they have the words, “To protect and serve” printed on the sides.
  • Shows like Southpark and The Sopranos come with warning labels that say, “For mature audiences only.”
  • A man can take of his shirt in public, but women are told their chests are immoral.
  • Bribery is called lobbying, and propaganda is called advertisement.
  • When goods in a store are only sold at a 1000 percent mark-up instead of a 1200 percent mark-up we’re told they’re on “sale.”
  • Banks call their investors “valued customers” but they charge you with fees for everything possible, even for not having enough money.
  • We’re told there’s no cruel and unusual punishment for breaking laws in the West, but going to jail is almost a guaranteed sentence to get beaten and raped.
  • The tax laws are so complicated you have to pay someone else to do them for you, and if you can’t pay your taxes then you can go to jail, but we’re told if you can’t pay your taxes or you fill them out wrong you’re considered a criminal.
  • Work places use performance quotas to push workers to the limits of human endurance, and if that stresses you out you’re told it’s because you don’t have a positive enough attitude.
  • Self-help books and religious books offer ineffective, fantasy-based solutions to real world problems, and when they don’t work you’re told it’s because you didn’t believe in them enough or try hard enough.
  • Fox News is considered “news.”
  • We’re charged the highest possible cost for goods and services while being paid the lowest possible wages for our work, and we’re told that wealth trickles down and that supply and demand justifies our exploitation as necessary.
  • The celebrities we’re encouraged to emulate churn out mindless, idiotic, formulaic art. People who actually take stances on important issues are told they take life too seriously and should lighten up. And we wonder why the world isn’t improving.
  • We’re raised from childhood to believe that romance and wealth are the most important goals in life, and when we spend our whole lives chasing them only to find out they don’t work in life like they do in the movies we’re told we were childish for believing what we were taught on television.

I could go on, but you get the point. Western society is a labyrinth of smoke, mirrors, contradictions, misdirection and dead ends. The lies and falsehoods are so ingrained in our society that you can’t escape them. If you even begin to wake up to the reality of how un-user-friendly society is it will cause you deep anxiety and depression, and when that happens you’ll be told by the television, your boss, your co-workers, your political leaders, your mental health professions, your religious (mis)leaders and maybe even your friends and family that there’s something wrong with you. And just like the military you’ll be pressured to conform to their twisted mind-set or be rejected and even punished by the brainwashed individuals who have given up the quest for sanity and have given in to the status quo.

Anxiety and depression can be signs of mental health when the rest of the world around you is insane. If you don’t experience anxiety and depression then you should be very, very worried, because that means you probably aren’t paying attention or asking the right questions, and that’s not mentally healthy.

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12 responses to “You might be depressed because the system sucks, not because you suck

  • Cyrus (@CyrusMousavi997)

    Finally, someone else who realizes this! If you talk about things like this around friends, they call you a rambler or a moron, but it’s really them. Life in the west is too depressing. No matter what religion you are from, someone hates you. Someone is out to get you. There is too much pressure. We need a new system. We need reforms on working times, the judicial system (which is anti-male, by the way), and stuff like this should be considered news, not the bull they show on fox.

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  • Truth Seeker

    Quite possibly the best thing I have read on the net gor a veeeeeeeeery long time !! I am over this rat race illusion I just wish all the other monkeys would wake up but the mentality of people these days is a joke in itself haha only a handful of us can see through the smoke and mirrors. Tell you another huge lie is the dairy and meat industry…….what a joke !! All pumped full of antibiotics and served on the dinner table…….no thanks !!

    Thanks for the great TRUTH in this read

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  • Sufilizard

    Why does it have to be either/or? Maybe the system sucks AND I suck. (okay, there’s no “maybe” about the system sucking, the jury’s still out on me)

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  • Cynical Guy42

    1. People put down people who believe differently than them.
    I kind of wish you didn’t single out FOX news. Granted, they’ve a right-wing slant, but many other stations (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) have a left-wing slant. Both right-wing and left-wing news sell their product. Not to mention the personal lives of celebrities are considered news.

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  • Donit

    two more to the list, especially in America.
    When my mother grew up she had a community of European descent.
    This sense of belonging no longer exists and makes people crazy.
    Another would be technology especially the net, TV and cars. All three isolate you from having face to face time with others and thats isnt as healthy as well.

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  • NaturalEvolution

    So true. thank you for your insight and i feel the same way. i refuse to believe that i’m “DEPRESSED”[JUST REALLY BORED OF DOING NOTHING THAT GETS NO ONE ANYWHERE] this society lacks any sense of REALITY. it just sucks that most people are “STUCK” trying to “IMPRESS” others..and most “STUCK” trying to be apart of a system that has betrayed them before they have even been excepted in. its sad/funny how only a hand full of people can/would actually say i love this world and have it mean earth, water, plants, animals ect. but most are fk! the world lol the world? or the people in it that have made it an everyday struggle just to wake up, breathe and eat. things will change i belive this even if most rather just call me skeptic/crazy person. lol

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  • Ragavendran SN

    Great read. I am actually struggling with these sort of problems right now. Finding the solutions seam to be an improbable task.

    Ragav from India

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  • Remon

    I Agree! Remon from Holland

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  • MagicChris

    I refuse to be consumed

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  • Toadmang

    Its hard to live in a culture that is going to collapse. If you don’t give in your body suffers, if you give in your mind and yea i’ll say it, SOUL, suffers. I think its almost a curse recognizing the contradictions in our collective behavior. Ah fuck it.

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  • TripleOrange

    It’s sad there is no more conversation in the comments of this post. It’s possibly the best thing I’ve read about society during the last years!

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