Mental Health

I replied to a mental health thread on Reddit, and I thought my response was so spot-on that I should record it here as well:

I think a lot of modern “mental health” problems arise out of our separation from Nature. We weren’t meant to live this way; our bodies don’t understand our urban environments.

We used to have very few, much more serious, problems. Eat, sleep, find shelter, protect the family, reproduce. That was about it. Now we have many more, but less serious, problems. Schmoozing with coworkers, impressing the boss, career progression, vehicle maintenance, extracurricular activities, plumbing that always breaks, more laws than can be counted, etc. Problems are interpreted as threats, so they trigger our fight-or-flight response. Neither is appropriate, so the threats go unsolved, and manifest over time as anxiety. Continue reading “Mental Health”

The Wait

I’ve done the research, done the design,
I’ve bought the wood and screws;
I’ve carefully built this rig of mine,
I have paid my dues.

It’s all starting to align,
every wire and fuse;
I’ve got power from the sunshine,
none of this is news.

I yearn to be among the Pines,
to get out there and cruise;
to live the life we know Divine,
throughout the land suffuse.

But there’s this house I must assign
to whoever will excuse
its problems more or less benign
which somebody must choose. Continue reading “The Wait”