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  • 2013-12-06 @ 02:12:22

    I like the main theses of the article and I think it applies to a lot of common situations I encounter on an almost daily basis (and probably a lot in which I don`t realize it). The fact remains though that my reasons for not giving to bums remain the same when I`m walking in the street by myself in the middle of the night or when I`m on a crowded subway. They`re the same guys I meet in the supermarket at 8 AM buying six cans of beer, which I simply don`t feel like paying for, and I have no means of detecting the few good guys between all the shity ones.

    All in all, I think this has potential, I just think your example is poorly chosen and I think the point would come across way better in other situations.

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  • 2013-04-30 @ 03:08:40

    Love it.

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  • 2013-01-11 @ 05:09:43

    I don’t buy it. I believe in taking chances and grabbing opportunities, and motivating people to do just that is a honorable cause, but I’m still with Mook on this one, the universe doesn’t WANT me to do anything, it isn’t pushing me in any direction, there is no fate. I agree with your reply though, Jordan, there are constantly new opportunities arising.

    How to Read The Signs of the Universe

  • 2012-05-09 @ 23:31:56

    This is not a proper representation of the way psychiatry works in the Netherlands, though I can’t speak for the rest of the world.

    First of all, psychiatrist can’t lock you up. In a crisissituation, the mayor of your municipality can decide to lock you up for a maximum of two weeks, which must be reinforced by a judge within the first week. Any decision to take away your freedom for any longer is primarily made by a judge. And even then there is no such things as forced treatment.

    Secondly, most people involved with psychiatry do so voluntarily. It is not society or a psychiatrist that say’s they’re not functioning, they think they’re not functioning and so they decide to look for help. Nobody is force feeding people with bipolar disorder any medication, they take it voluntarily.

    Third, the DSM is not intended to define normal and abnormal behaviour. It is a tool to classify problems patients might experience, and what interventions might be effective to treat those problems. The indication for treatment is dysfunctioning or subjectively reported complaints, not (ab)normalcy. It is in this light that we must view new ‘disorders’ such as hypersexual disorder. When is it too much? Thats up to YOU to decide!

    On the forums there is a wide discussion about stopping to view porn, but somehow when psychiatry says something of the like it’s a sign of a sck society? Or even the megalomaniac ego of psychiatry telling you to ‘act normal or else’? I couldn’t disagree more.

    I do agree that though that there is a lot wrong with society, and striving to be ‘normal’ shouldn’t be our goal.

    Turning The Problem Around: Mental Health In A Sick Society

  • 2011-01-31 @ 17:11:14

    I like the article btw =)

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  • 2011-01-31 @ 05:37:53

    Brittney, Martijn had a specific skill (he probably worked very hard to attain but thats besides the point really) that allowed him to create for himself a vast amount of wealth in a very short period with complete flexibility and independence. Humans have needs, such as food, shelter and stability/security. In order to provide in these needs (now and in the future) you’re going to need a large amount of money or a small amount of money and a stable income. This is not subjective.

    Ofcourse everybody *can* just leave and take a trip, but how far would you get without any money, how would you get back, and how do you get by once you return. Saying you need to create your own reality to live happily in and that gives you the options to do whatever you want with you live is naive, and really a little childish.

    From Casino to Monastery: A Story of Finding Oneself