In sum, the mental health crisis in the United States which virtually all Americans perceive as being very real coincides with two occurrences and trends. For one, the mental health crisis in the United States coincides with the breakdown of the traditional American order both at home and abroad. Also, the mental health crisis in the United States coincides with a record-number of Americans dropping out of the work force. Both of these occurrences and trends which coincide with the mental health crisis in America are arguably the byproducts and results of the complete loss of credibility and legitimacy on the part of the American elite. The complete loss of credibility and legitimacy on the part of the American elite means people no longer respect or trust authority, and it means that people are fed up with paying taxes to an elite class that blows hard-earned taxpayer money on corrupt and stupid things.
To a certain degree, there is civil disobedience aimed at the American elite on a global scale and scope. But the civil disobedience has taken on a different form, rhythm, and tone compared to the civil disobedience activities and movements of the past which were led by the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Thoreau’s “Walden” is more akin to what is going on in America than what Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi went through.
There is also the idea or concern that individuated persons like myself as well as the young people who have decided to drop out of the workforce will never integrate into society and the workforce. What the people who espouse this idea or concern overlook is that certain individuated persons like myself and many young people who drop out of the workforce are willing to wait and find what suits their individual preferences and wants rather than subjecting themselves to the imperatives and needs of employers and bosses. Given that the “Baby Boomer” generation has given us a safety net, many of us have the luxury of waiting rather than rushing into something that is unwanted or inconvenient which in turn causes anxiety, depression, and paranoia.
In my case, I have yet to be presented an incentive by anyone to move and give up what I am doing right now, namely, blogging. Also, if my readers were to peer into my living space, I live in what is a modern-day parallel of Thoreau’s “Walden,” but with all the modern conveniences and luxuries with the natural setting. It would be a fool’s errand to relinquish these privileges – as well as the blessing of being with one’s loving and dedicated parents – to engage in corruption and warmongering. Thus, an important part of the whole scheme is economics, and economics is based for the most part on incentives. When Johns Hopkins asks for thousands of dollars, there now has to be a guaranteed incentive for that money. As I have said in previous posts, there is a method to the madness.