Ann Burgess – Why Only Some Emotional Distress is Called a Disease

We are one as humans, all infinitely interconnected. Therefore, we are certainly responsible for ourselves, and need to reduce  the normal, human emotional distress people have created and can solve.  Our true voice would never leave us if we were all treated as worthy, not “sufferers,” or victims, who have been labeled, ridiculed, or violently squashed in forced treatment — who currently can’t hear their true  voices.

We want the healer within us, that others have available.

Elegant, almost scientific, evidence that there is no real separation between you and me, that we are interconnected infinitely with all humans (and the rest of creation) can be found in Stanley Milgram’s Six Degrees of Separation.

Kirsten Phllips, a certified peer specialist, here handles her own emotional distress at a poetry open mic

Kirsten Phllips, a certified peer specialist, here handles her own emotional distress at a poetry open mic

Another essential work of Milgram’s is his controversial study in Obedience to Authority. This investigation of people’s behavior would never get by an ethics committee today. It concludes that many people do not have the courage to see the truth, especially if asked/expected by a forceful authority to be absurdly obedient to something that feels oppressive and dangerous to others.

“Following Orders” is  No Excuse

But “I was just-following-orders” is no excuse for a person who is unwilling or unable to refuse to inflict human distress, and operate at the level of truth and courage.  We all have been such a person.  It is far less stressful for most people to be obedient.  They don’t use their brains and hearts up to their capabilities, because of their  relentless need for security.

Our people, who have suffered, and been labeled with mental health conditions, have been closest to the reality that one cannot begin to be physically healthy unless someone feels free to express the ferocious will of their robust spiritual health, which requires letting go of the needs for security, control, and recognition, even if it forces a financial loss.

 Releasing Emotional Distress Can Be Labeled “Mental Illness”

Healthy people, labeled or not, release pain, tension and emotional distress quickly.   If this release does not look like other peoples’, some all-knowing people will label, quarantine, separate, and warehouse us.  That label becomes  who we are.  It is always “for our own good.”  It does not understand that real security is only  found in the ability to ask, choose. and then to let go .

Unhand us from your “for- our-own-good” agendas!!!

The health and well-being of our planet and “our” people require you to wake up and do your best to see this, and just listen to what seems trustworthy.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may be sated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”   — C.S. Lewis

Was your emotional distress labeled “a sickness?”



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