I want to address the alienation and sense of despair that you see all around us.
So says ‘celebrity Russell Brand in a recent Guardian interview http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/oct/11/russell-brand-revolution-alienation-despair
I admit, I’ve only just caught up with Russell and his Revolution agenda.
I have a lot of sympathy with his views. I too think that our political and financial systems are killing us. We are like the frog in the gradually warmed beaker of water – we don’t notice the rising temperature. Eventually the temperature reaches a critical point and the frog dies.
I don’t want to over-dramatise – I’ll leave that to Russell – but I do believe that the quality of our lives in the West is deteriorating. My specific focus is on our mental health. I evidence this by the increase in demand on mental health services in the UK (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24546602).
As a society, we seem to be very good at increasing levels of depression and anxiety in our citizenry.
Our political system is predicated on improving economic well-being…it’s all about growth, jobs, global competitiveness and so on. The assumption is that a wealthy nation (which assumes the removal of want) is a happy nation. What of course we are getting is the creation of highly specialised economies that increase the nature and degree of inequality.
What if we replaced our measure of our success as a society with mental well-being – and measure it by the prevalence of depression and anxiety we experience as a society?
That is my vision. I am calling for the formation of a Well-being Alliance which not only treats the symptoms of mental distress but addresses the causes – i.e. the political and financial institutions that are driving us mad.
So all power to Russell Brand. Addressing alienation and despair chime nicely with an agenda to improve our mental well-being.
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