Wednesday, August 3

Reality & Kubrick

 Our "increasing mental sickness" may find expres­sion in neurotic symptoms. These symptoms are con­spicuous and extremely distressing. But "let us beware," says Dr. Fromm, "of defining mental hygiene as the prevention of symptoms. Symptoms as such are not our enemy, but our friend; where there are symp­toms there is conflict, and conflict always indicates that the forces of life which strive for integration and happiness are still fighting." The really hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. "Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been si­lenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does." They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their per­fect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted, still cherish "the illusion of indi­viduality," but in fact they have been to a great extent deindividualized. Their conformity is developing into something like uniformity. But "uniformity and free­dom are incompatible. Uniformity and mental health are incompatible too. . . . Man is not made to be an automaton, and if he becomes one, the basis for mental health is destroyed.

Brave New World -Revisited
Aldous Huxley - 1958

Wednesday, June 8

Eel's Song That Fits

Well if you need me, I'm right here
No matter what, I'm always near
Yeah, I've been through a lot
And you can't scare me
Now go on baby, if you just dare me
I'll break through any wall
Just give me a call
I'm a dynamiter
I'm a prizefighter

Well if you get sad, I'm your friend
I got an ear I'll always lend
You know that you can always talk to me
Now come on baby, take a walk with me
Tell me all
Tell daddy all (Original lyric. This one does not apply)
Just give me a call
I'm a go all nighter
I'm a prizefighter

Well, when you're down and all alone,
There's always somewhere you can go
Here I am
A true friend
There's nothing gonna change over here on my end
Don't be scared
It's better shared
You know I always cared
I'm a everything's all righter
I'm a prizefighter

Well, if you need me, I'm right here
No matter what, I'm always near
Yeah, I've been through a lot
And you can't scare me
Now go on, baby, if you just dare me
I'll win your heart
Now let it start
Let it start
I'm a don't do it wrong -- do it righter
I'm a prizefighter

The Official Eel's video here

Thursday, June 2

Jack Trimpey On Safe Recovery Blog Radio

 Jack trimpey founder of rational recovery was interviewed on May 30th on Safe Recovery Radio. He speaks about how and why he started Rational Recovery. Jack, if you are not familiar with him, is a pioneer in the non-12-step recovery world. He has some great insights about self empowerment and recovering from addiction. His book can be found in our library here.

Also, upcoming on Safe Recovery Radio this week is Tom Horvath president of SMART Recovery. In the archived podcasts are many other great guests as well. Thanks to Stinkin' Thinkin' for the heads up on this!


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