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The American Contradiction - perfectly depressed
10/13/2010 11:20:35 AM
America set the bar for living standards throughout the world and the most widely prescribed drugs in America are antidepressants. It's a funny old world.

 
Perhaps it is common knowledge, but I was still surprised when I read, in the 29 Sept issue of New Scientist, that antidepressants are the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the USA. Considering that American spends more money by far on pharmaceutical dPaxiLexaProzacrugs than any other nation on Earth, this adds up to one hell of a lot of antidepressants. This is the real drug war the one that America lost decades ago. Whilst they hysterically seek to stamp out the smoking of herbs and psychedelic drug use, vast numbers of the population have drifted into long-term addiction to mind-altering drugs known to have damaging side effects associated with long-term use. 

This just raises so many questions I don't know where to start. For a start, I wonder what the implication are for the rest of the world, aside from the obvious disadvantage of having so much weaponry in the hands of such unhappy people? America has always set the bar for living standards throughout the world. They may not have had the best food or the finest clothes or the most brilliant design, but they had the highest disposable income, the biggest houses, the most food, most cars and roads, the best movies, the most doctors and lawyers and so forth, holding themselves up as the shining zenith of freedom and liberty and hard work. And now we find that America is, it would appear, the most depressed nation on earth; with the unhappiest people on the planet. I bet the people who run those pharmaceutical companies are not the least bit depressed about this state of affairs.

Meanwhile, it increasingly seems as if the "American Model" is that to which all nations of the world aspire. Worldwide dispersal of television has created a global desire for the American way of life, with access to clean water and plumbing, power and appliances, health care and medication, education and employment, transportation and housing, communications and computers, all now regarded as the natural birthright of anybody lucky enough to have been born a human being. We have only to go back a few generations to find few of these assumptions existing in a society that was perhaps, less depressed. Whilst I am not suggesting that any of these facilities create depression, it is quite obvious that they are not, of themselves, raising the enjoyment level of our existence. And we increasingly suspect that growing implementation of all the above is stretching our planet's facilities past breaking point.

And if we should choose to do without all of the above, to live a simple life in harmony with the planet that hosts us, we would probably end up in jail, as I put forward in the chapter titled "Birthright Denied" in my first book, Uncommon Sense, the State is Out of Date.

 



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More Blogs by Gregory K Sams
• Why wage war for no reason? - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Today's EU - Napoleon and Hitler would be proud. - Thursday, November 25, 2010
• The Oracle at Delphi - was it, perhaps, oracular? - Wednesday, November 24, 2010
•  The American Contradiction - perfectly depressed - Wednesday, October 13, 2010  
• No God says Stephen Hawking - is there another option? - Friday, September 10, 2010
• Why did the Roman Empire go Christian? - Wednesday, August 18, 2010
• Study finds child obesity due to overeating - who'd have thought? - Friday, July 09, 2010
• Peanut...peanut butter - my baby's made it big! - Wednesday, June 16, 2010
• Surprise Exhibition at British Museum - Thursday, May 06, 2010
• Dogshit or catshit? - Why I will never vote. - Friday, April 23, 2010
• Christianity, a bureaucratic necessity at the time - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
• Who are they kidding? (most of us) - Thursday, February 04, 2010
• Whoopee - Happy times are here again! - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
• The War Goes Well ! - Friday, January 15, 2010
• Which came first - energy or life? - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• COPENHAGEN do they give a damn? - Monday, December 14, 2009
• Troops at war and soldiers in prison - Wednesday, November 11, 2009
•  Road safety there's an elephant in the roundabout. - Thursday, November 05, 2009
• MPs expenses - what a diversion!!! - Thursday, November 05, 2009
• The NHS - get healthy and we'll need less of it - not more! - Thursday, November 05, 2009
• Astrology is bunk - scientifically proven! Oh Really? - Friday, August 14, 2009
• How vegetative is the vegetable world? ... and other curious questions. - Monday, July 27, 2009


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