Monday, December 17, 2012
As the nation thinks about the recent tragedy in Connecticut, where 20 children and 7 adults lost their lives, many look to bring gun control into the news.
Gun control is seen by some as a way to prevent shootings, but it's not the real cause of this problem. With gun control, guns will still be availible, honest people just won't have any. That's not to say every gun should be availible. We don't really need assault rifles for purchase.
The true cause of tragedies is often untreated mental illness. For many, affordable and accessible mental health care is out of reach. Medications are expensive and may not be covered by insurance. Counseling is even less covered, and is more expensive without benefits. Psychologists and psychiatrists are often overbooked, lacking the time to treat many patients. Mental health care facitilities are shrinking, and are now mostly found in prisons. Indeed, the incidence of mental illness is the prison population is five times that of the rest of the populace.
Perhaps in the future, we could prevent such horrible events by providing mental health care to everyone.
Below is an interesting article detailing a mother's struggle with her son's mental illness. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-mental-illness-conversation_n_2311009.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false ;
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Here are a few quotes to think about:
Guerir quelquefois, soulager souvent, consoler toujours. translation: Cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always. A french proverb on the goals of a doctor.
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
As for you Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.
-Epic of Gilgamesh (one of the oldest books)
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.