A look at Hell on earth for the uninitiated.
First thing this morning I am confronted with a suffocating story about despair.
Most people suffer passing bouts with depression.
But when we strive to understand depression, and especially its non-clinical causes, its causes rooted in the modern reality we all suffer, we are finally addressing the needs of the world, if by "needs" we are talking about a universal wish to make the world a better place.
Making the world a better place, is no easy task. But, it is clearly the only moral task.
Analysing what might make for a better world requires some not normally intuitive inductions. The process of learning what makes for a better world is an experience of arriving at a conclusion more than it is a process of deduction where we figure things out logically.
Making the world a better place isn't as simple as simply slapping the word "progress" on a pig and chasing it all over town before we all have a pig roast.
Family suicides on rise in Taiwan is a story that will leave most readers shaking their heads about the despair that can infest, overwhelm and defeat the human experience.
This is not an isolated experience.
Learning about this is however, how we must go about creating a better world and coming to grips with what is defeating the human experience, by circumnavigating these experiences one by one, and addressing what defeats the human experience, even when these defects are the normal impulses and actions of an overwhleming majority of human beings taken collectively.
There must be a limit to each of our freedoms when our actions collectively defeat the human experience.
When our individual freedom defeats the human experience of another human, we are the immoral actor. And we must be curbed.
And when a whole society, or even when a worldwide ethic defeats the human experience, this too must be curbed.
One of our major philosophic tenets necessary to build up a moral world is that life is good.
It is a circular argument, and an argument that when defeated, life itself fails to carry its link, and the world becomes a living Hell.
We in the West associate depression with suicide and ascribe the relationship to a lie, that this relationship has a clinical cause.
Clinicians would argue this clinical cause is much the same experience we see when any higher, thinking animal is caged at a zoo.
That is a quaint bit of psychological theory that keeps psychologists employed waving about their feathered rattles, that depression is preventable by addressing the problem with sincere humanitarian care and most often a good dose of psycho-pharmaceuticals.
In other words, if a psychologist would be paid $125 an hour to listen and simply pretend to commiserate and understand the woes of the depressed, and, prescribe a mountain of Prozac, this is the appropriate humanitarian social cure for what ails an increasingly larger segment of humanity.
But as we read about entire Taiwanese families being wiped off the face of the earth by not-so-isolated suicides that result from the very real despair of the parents with children finding themselves out of work, out of what is required for basic sustenance, cash and self-esteem, we confront the modern world face to face.
The suicide of Taiwanese families are the equivalent of NYC stock brokers jumping out of their Wall Street windows at the onset of the last Great Depression.
In the modern world we all know we intuitively recognize, these clinicians and every other socially approved method of dealing with any of a myriad of problems from transportation to militarization, from democratization to incarceration, from education to automation...
We can only now begin to recognize what is defeating the human experience. The inductive experience is taking hold, and we are about to arrive at our conclusion.
All the experts in the world have been lying to all of us with their quick but never permanent scientific fixes right along. The only way to make the world a better place is to stop doing all those things that are ruining the human experience.
And for too many people this is their reality.
Life is simply no longer a human experience.
That is the case for many when they're living in an apartment in Taiwan with a child, they've lost their income and the end of the great modern lie has come for their world.