Hills of Blood

“Since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected president, there have been more than 500 political assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal”.

Christopher Clark, Guernica, September 4, 2018

https://www.guernicamag.com/ballots-and-bloodshed-the-militarization-of-local-politics-in-south-africa/

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Dwelling inside

Were You Born Sad? Can original personality produce chronic sadness? By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D., Psychology Today (How to shed mental health labels and create personal meaning.)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/rethinking-mental-health

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/rethinking-mental-health/201804/abolishing-the-concept-mental-illness

Hereditary trauma: Inheritance of traumas and how they may be mediated: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140413135953.htm

Biological mechanism passes on long-term epigenetic ‘memories’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160328133534.htm

“According to epigenetics — the study of inheritable changes in gene expression not directly coded in our DNA — our life experiences may be passed on to our children and our children’s children. Studies on survivors of traumatic events have suggested that exposure to stress may indeed have lasting effects on subsequent generations.”- Science Daily (see url’s above).

“Chronic depression is defined as symptoms of major depression that persist for at least two years. There are also two subsets of the disorder: dysthymia, which is defined as symptoms of a lesser severity that last for at least two years; and double depression, which is a combination of major depression and dysthymia… (Chronic) depression is very insidious. People tend to look at these people and say, `Oh, he is so self-centered; he thinks about himself too much.’ Or they might call these people lazy or unambitious. But what it might actually be is chronic depression. Because of this prevailing view, people with chronic depression are not as likely to be diagnosed or seek treatment…”

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1999-01-19/lifestyle/9901180347_1_chronic-depression-depression-is-defined-major-depression

Abusive systems of power depend on a public that is complacent, compromising, passive and distracted.”

SOPHIA A. MCCLENNEN, Salon, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 | Michael Moore’s terrifying “Fahrenheit 11/9″: Trump is the symptom, not the disease.

 

A philistine optimism

Vilhelm Ekelund | 1880 – 1949 |  Swedish poet and aphorist

“The noble Nazarene … who raged against “the world,” against the philistinism, the halfheartedness, the lack of ideals—if he had guessed that he was forging a weapon for the hands of exactly “this world”—he who sensed the misfortune of humanity so deeply that he didn’t find any other solution to its enigma than to entirely reject and turn his back on all that is earthly, would see his name dragged into the service of an intense philistine optimism.”