Mental Health is no different than Physical Health
There has been much talk in the media about mental health recently. While this discussion is a good thing in my opinion, I am a little disturbed by some statements I have heard. So allow me to make this abundantly clear, mental health is the same as physical health. If someone is diabetic, it could be as simple as their body does not produce enough insulin. (Yes, I am drastically oversimplifying.) If one has depression, it could be an issue with not having enough serotonin being produced in the body. (Yes, once again I am drastically oversimplifying.) However in the grand scheme of things these are the same problems. The body chemistry is not right. Both can be just as serious.
So that I am abundantly clear, making light of people struggling with mental health issues is just the same as making light of people who are suffering with a broken leg. It is an ailment that can be addressed and cared for.
The Benevolent Misanthrope
Women are people
Keith Olbermann’s political rants have become palaver at time as well as over the top. However his opinion about the NFL treatment of Ray Rice is correct. Also it is important to remember that women are people and equals. The scale of the punishments are quite odd in the NFL. Signing autographs in college against NCAA policy, five games; Illegal drug use, four games; assault on a person two games. Plaxico Burress was suspended four games for shooting himself; yes it was also probably the fact that the gun was not allowed in NYC. A useful chart for comparison of penalties.
Keith Olbermann about Women
When you are on vacation, others are working
I have seen this quite a few times. Remember that when you are out and about having fun there are often others working to make your fun possible. This situation could be a police officer, a firefighter, bartender, wait person, flight attendant, entertainers, food vendors, beer vendors… etc. So please be considerate that they are working to help provide your fun. To quote Wil Wheaton, “don’t be a dick” especially to those helping you have fun and be safe.
Just because you follow people online does not mean you know them
I think the title is self-explanatory, but just in case allow me to reiterate. Just because you interact with someone on social media does not mean you are an acquaintance or friend of that person. Yes, you can become friends with someone online, but don’t assume that everyone you connect with online is your friend. Think about the statistics, some twitter celebrities have over 2 million followers. While they might share stuff with their followers. It does not mean that they are friends with all their followers.
-The Benevolent Misanthrope
Don’t yell at the people that can help you
You would think that it would go without saying, but please don’t yell at the people who can help you. Yes, I am once again traveling and amazed at the people who are yelling and berating customer service agents at the airport. Why would someone want to help a person that just yelled at them. Try explaining the issue and asking for help instead.
-The Benevolent Misanthrope
Don’t feed the cycle
I have recently observed of mean spirited comments escalating within closed groups. These closed groups could be coworkers, friends in meat space, friends online, or even just acquaintances. The trend is not for everyone to be mean all the time, it kind of slowly builds.
The example I use is that one day Person A makes a joking or biting comment about Person B’s appearance with in a group. Perhaps it is the color of their shirt not meeting the gender stereotype. People laugh knowing it was “meant in fun”. Everyone has a little chuckle and walks away with the feeling of having had a laugh.