I don’t need to read the endless reports on what happened to young Michael Brown who is referred to as a man in all of these articles, but was really just a kid. He was just starting out his life, full of hope and possibilities when he was slain by a police officer for no reason. NO REASON. The deplorable actions of the police department to somehow muddy his name by releasing images of him wearing baggy clothes or posing a certain way is absolutely unconscionable. Police brutality is not new. It’s been happening for decades, sprinkled in local news like a flash in the pan, covered so thoughtlessly the nation was able to stay blissfully ignorant of the atrocities committed by the very people who are suppose to protect for so many years, but the blissful ignorance has ended and now it’s time to face reality.
One of the best West Wing episodes is when Josh talks to the traumatologist about the shooting that occurred a few weeks prior that was triggering his emotional outbursts. Afterward, Leo is sitting outside waiting for him where he shares this-
Leo McGarry: This guy’s walkin’ down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Hey you! Can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole; can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can ya help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are ya stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.
This is why Leo is one of my favorite characters on the show. He exudes such a pure and honest humanity. Gawd, I love The West Wing.
Anyone else find it baffling that the most ridiculous things go viral, yet simple requests for donations for life-saving research get ignored most of the time. I’m glad the ice bucket challenge is raising awareness but it seems just like a rich people running gag or this playful way of vying for attention. Whatever. I’m not mad at it. By any means necessary, right? It’s success is undeniable and I’m glad so much money is being raised to study this debilitating disease. There’s just something that’s a bit odd about it and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
It’s really beautiful so many people are sharing their stories of battling depression. We so easily forget humanity is fragile and sometimes our minds can be deadly if we get too lost in them.
I think it’s awful that it takes the death of a celebrity to discuss these poignant topics that revolve around mental health and subsequently drug abuse/addiction.
This country is notorious for ignoring the painful reality that most of society is depressed and a lot of people, though surrounded by others, feel utterly lonely and disconnected. We live in a society that celebrates monetary success and scrutinizes mental illness with judgment and disgust.
That’s why it is so imperative that we look out for each other amidst this culture that encourages selfishness and carelessness. We need to be more mindful of each other and other’s feelings. Depression is debilitating, so letting someone know you care about them is imperative. You never know who around you is suffering from whatever may be going on in their lives.
Take the time out to tell someone you care about them today. Hell, do it everyday.