It’s not looking good according to the WHO (World Health Organisation)…
“Depression is the leading cause of disability, and the 4th leading contributor to the global burden of disease in 2000. By the year 2020, depression is projected to reach 2nd place for all ages, both sexes. Today, depression is already 2nd in the age category 15-44 years for both sexes combined.”
Quick facts from the WHO;
- Depression is common, affecting about 121 million people worldwide.
- Depression is among the leading causes of disability worldwide.
…and I am not surprised
By now you’re probably aware of my feelings towards modern society, therefore i’ll skip the rant about how society is making us sick… BUT, the above figures do prove a point; that modern society is an unnatural environment and is not conducive to overall contentment.
So what’s the problem?
I’m not 100% certain… but I do suspect that consumerism is deteriorating the fabric of society. And mass marketing is constantly telling us to buy more, get more, eat more, be more, etc.
Mass marketing is becoming increasingly clever and deviously surreptitious in it’s execution. I think mass marketing is an evil form of psychotherapy, constantly trying to get into our subconscious. Try and go one day without running into mass marketing – it’s not easy.
The vicious cycle
Here is the formula of modern society;
- Work 40 hours a week, and become time poor.
- Being time poor we have to buy ready made food, which is expensive.
- Being time poor we become stressed, we need to buy a holiday.
- Now there is less money so we have to work more.
Repeat the above steps and add more working hours (and stress) for each cycle. And for each cycle, you get a step closer to depression.
Obviously my example is a very generalised one. But the principle of “work more for less” stands true. I feel great sadness when I see people filling their shopping carts with overpriced processed foods – it saddens me because I know that some corporation has just cashed in on the sweat of their hard work. Not to mention the fact that the processed food is very likely to be unhealthy.
I realise that the consumer is responsible for their choices, but I can’t get away from feeling that somehow, even though there are 1000’s of products to choose from, there really is little choice, if any.
Time to fight back
If you’re are reading this article then you’re already taking affirmative action, because you’re seeking…. don’t stop seeking, learn the truth! Get informed and fight back!!!