Believe it or not most, if not all, of us have experienced depression at some point in our lives. The extent of our depression varies according to each case, sometimes it’s so severe your doctor may recommend anti-depressants. Understandable, simple, logical diagnosis, no?
What does it mean?
De-pression. To de-press is to push down. To lower in amount or value. To be pushed lower. When you’re depressed, you’re not at your best, you’re not at your full potential, you’re not in a balanced, neutralized state of mind. You’re below that, you’re less than who you really are. Continue reading
Every time you hear of a famous celebrity, artist, friend, family member, who has come out and faced the world, saying ‘This is who I am, and I am unashamed to show it,’ a portion of humanity applauds them, and the rest doesn’t.
Those who applaud them acknowledge their strength, their resilience, their identity. We support and accept them as just another human being, different, but still fundamentally the same.
Those who do not applaud them see them only as different. As something strange and alien to what is ‘normal’ for a human being.
But What Is “Normal?”
We live in an age where both humanity and planet earth are going through a lot of changes. If we look back roughly fifty years ago, we would have generally known our place and role in society. Women were housewives or secretaries, and men were the breadwinners, the heads of the family. We had guidelines reinforced by war-time propaganda and shows like “I Dream of Genie” and “Bewitched.” We had a rough idea of who we were, and what we were going to do with ourselves in the future.
In our modern day and age, we have no clear guidelines. We currently find ourselves changing from a Type Zero civilization to a Type One (see the video below), and one of the products of this change is the internet, a technology that allows us to be a constantly interconnected civilization. National borders are no longer barriers that stop us from communicating and progressing together. We are becoming global citizens.