Giving Answers Without Questions

This recommendation is going to be a little interesting since what I would like to share maybe a little hard to find. It’s a documentary made by Stephen Fry and Ross Wilson. Its called “Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive“. It was originally shown on British television and, as you can see by the link, has been released on DVD. The problem is that the DVD is Region 2 and will not play in your average American DVD player. I am sure there are other ways you can see this documentary and I will let all who are interested find it on their own.

But of course now the question arises why should someone take the time to find this documentary or even purchase it. Well for starters I wanted to watch it just to placate my need to garner more knowledge. There is a great amount of information on Bi-polar disorder and key signs of the disease. There are discussions about what age you can diagnose and the different ways it can be diagnosed. There is also a discussion on how the diagnosis has changed over the years. The last given through the first person experience of Stephen Fry who is going back and asking new questions that he has.

Having his personal story being the driving force behind this documentary I think adds something that is usually lost when done other times. When I have seen other programs that try and have a personal feel to them the focus tends to be more emotionally driven and less about the actual facts about the subject matter. I am not saying that taking things from an emotional perspective is bad but I do think that their are subjects where facts need to be considered on the same plain. Where this documentary gets its drive from is hard to say. I think it comes from a combination of the inquisitive nature of Stephen Fry and the depth of the subject matter.

The fact that there are so many different ways that Bi-polar disorder can manifest itself gives a number of questions to the larger list. We learn how it showed itself in Stephen Fry and he spends the two hours (broken into two episodes for television) talking to others about the time when they first noticed symptoms and signs. In the second half he also discussed the idea of treatment. I found this part particularly interesting because he looks at this from the side of a man who has never taken medication but who may need it. This opens up to a lot of information not just on medication but there is even discussions of more alternative ways of controlling the ups and downs of the disease.

There is so much more that I could say but I do not want to give away to much. I will say though that if you, or someone you know, suffers from or may suffer from that this is an excellent beginning point for research. I know it has given me a few answers about myself and obviously it has raised a few as well. I hope those who watch it find it informative. But also don’t feel that you have to have a tie to Bi-polar Disorder before viewing this. It is always great to expand our own knowledge base. And as always thank you for reading this.

Lessons Lost

There is always talk of what lessons can we learn from tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing. There is also talk about what we can do to make ourselves safer. I think that these questions are not bad but I do believe that we try and answer them at the wrong time. We let emotion rule our decisions. We have felt fear, anger, and pain that we understandably never want to feel again. But I think we don’t try and see how much we loose when we ask for safety. We willingly give away freedoms so that we can gain a false sense of safety. If you think about the days that we as a nation have been part of the world and compare that too the number of times we have had a terrorist event. If you run the numbers the actual chances that you would be killed in an attack are slim. I have even heard of a study that says that you are more likely to get killed in a police shooting than a terror attack.

As I have never had to feel first hand the emotions that come from being so close to such events I cannot speak from experience but why could I not speak. I am a citizen and I am affected by the rules and laws that are created after things like Boston and 9/11. I do not enjoy the feeling of being treated like a criminal just for a false sense of safety. I am not talking about small rules made for safety. I work at a theatre and we have rules that prevent people from going places that are dangerous. So I can understand things like airlines locking the cockpit door and only allowing in authorized personnel. I would have actually figured that would have been a rule after the 70’s but who am I.

What I’m talking about when I say that we’re being treated like criminals. I mean things like the random pat downs at airports. The multiple cameras that we are putting into our city centers. The multiple metal detectors that are being put up in  The question that I always will ask is, has any of these things helped actually stop any crime that could have been stopped by using the means we had before new rules where implemented. The problem is that we never really get the statistics on the effectiveness of the laws. I want to know because it is our job to make sure that the government isn’t overstepping their bounds. Recently we have been taking government employees at their word more than we should have to. Again the reason is public safety. I would rather die free than live in a world where I have to prove that I am not a criminal and where I have to prove that I am worthy of that kind of information. Don’t forget that the government is actually supposed to work for us, the people.

So, the lesson is that we need to decide if we want to be free or safe. We can be vigilant and we can be proactive but we don’t have to go to excess. I think that the greatest question that is asked that we need to answer is why? Once we can answer why then we can figure out how to stop these type  things. And sadly as we keep seeing there will always be someone willing to do horrible things. It seems bad to end on something like that but take comfort in how everyone has come together and there still are so many more who have a high respect for human life. We will come together.

I apologize for the disjointed nature of this post but as I said before this is a difficult subject to write on. Thank you for reading.

Things I won’t cover

I’ve been recently thinking more about the types of topics as I search for things to write about. I’ve been seeing things that are being covered in the news that seem to be getting a lot of views. The problem is, while getting views is part of the way to make this a career, I don’t want to just hit topics that are popular. I have a hard time seeing people complaining that something shouldn’t be covered while, in a way, still covering the topic. So I have no plan to put things on here that are about the stupidity of celebrities. There will be celebrities covered on here but they will generally be the ones I respect. I will be critical of them and I will be critical of anyone that I cover on here.

The main thing I find that I want to cover is things that affect everyone. I will never speak for others; I will always try and make it my own opinion. I am not one able to speak for others but I am able to give my perspective. Sadly we have seen tragedy even today. There is something to be said about it and I am sure there will be a lot said about it. I am probably going to write about the aftermath but today I am just sad that we are going through such things. There are lessons to learn from such things but that if for another day. Thank you for reading.

For Everyone or No One

I am about to touch on a subject that is part of what I’ve heard called “the third rail of blogging”. I guess any social issue is a kind of third rail but this one is pretty bad, apparently. So, here goes. I’ve been watching the “debate” over same sex marriage. I know the reasons why people don’t want it but I have never understood those reasons. I’ve never really understood the Christian argument against same sex marriage. Especially given the other ideals that they say is part of their religion. Of course I can never understand anyone that tries to deny someone the basic human right to be happy in their life.

Since I am not a religious scholar I will not go into that. I may one day try and explain my understanding of the argument. It will be based on my conversations with Christians but on this post I am going to explain my own feelings on same sex marriage. Simply put I do not care. Well I don’t care who someone wants to marry. I do care that it is currently illegal in many states for someone to make that decision for themselves. There is no good reason to tell anyone that they cann’t avail themselves of government programs for married people.

There is one religious saying that I can see using as a life rule. It is the Wiccan Rede. “And it harm none, do what thou wilt”. While I don’t believe in any of the aspects of Wicca, I can at least see saying being a good way to think of the whole argument. I have no will to take anybodies ability to make a decision from them unless it enters the public sphere. Only when it enters the public sphere can we begin to discuss what is allowed. And in my opinion there is a very small list of things that I think should be illegal.

Who someone loves or has sex with doesn’t, except in very rare occasions, enter the public sphere. Someone marrying someone also doesn’t enter the public sphere. Since it doesn’t enter that sphere I have no reason to know about it nor do I have any reason why it should affect my life. This was a bit of a disjointed opinion but it is hard to go into greater detail on the opinion of “it doesn’t effect me so I don’t care”.

I’ve heard a quote that sums this up well. It is a quote from Michael Goudeau, from Penn’s Sunday School. And a number of other projects.

There’s nothing more interesting to me than my sex life but there’s really nothing less interesting to me than yours.

I may have gotten that wrong but what I am trying to say is that I will never why people care enough to keep it from happening.