posted on Sep, 28 2014 @ 01:47 PM
Before I begin I think I need to give some background on myself.
I live in Saint Louis where Ferguson is a northwestern suburb. I spent much of my childhood going to unincorporated Florissant which is next door to
Ferguson. My father grew up in unincorporated Florissant in the 30's and 40's. My father seems to have always been an unhappy camper. He could
get angry and stay angry for weeks. Sometime in the 80's he got his hands on extremely potent weedkiller. He never told the doctors he used this
weedkiller. He went to the doctors because he developed a rare condition. My father would go blind (literally) when he got angry. This kept
occurring until he finally ran out of weedkiller. Thus I have seen extreme affects of adrenaline.
I myself am bipolar. I can get very angry over unrelated issues. Thus, I can get mad watching the news. If I interact with people I will normally
calm down. Even when I was young teachers reported that I was withdrawn, did not like to be near people, feared new situations and was depressed. A
lot of these conditions are due to having the angry parent and also to being the poster child for being picked on in school. I had no social skills
when I was younger. The abuse continued until I grew to 6 feet tall and started showing a temper. I still think my profile is similar to a Gacy or
Bundy etc. I am surprised I have not gone down the wrong road. But, I am also intellectual to see the down side of anger and resentment. And that
may be my saving grace.
Onto Ferguson. The protesting has not stopped since day one and I would not be surprised if it continues for a long time. With that being said, I
questioned what the long term effects of being angry for a long period of time. I pulled up these websites and my suspicions are well founded.
Chronic stress puts your...
Stress Effects on the Body
In the articles there are mentions of exhaustion, hypertension, lower immune response, reproductive ability reduction, reduced lung function, reduced
mental acuity, etc. due to long term stress.
Unfortunately, the people protesting will never believe that this could occur to them. The symptoms will also probably not manifest themselves for
another 20 years. The citizens of Ferguson may never realized what they may be doing to themselves and to their children. Think of the stress that
the young are going through living with perpetually angry adults.
And the situation will probably just get worse. Winter is coming and it is predicted that Saint Louis area will see some early snow. If the people
of Ferguson end up being housebound for awhile while they are still angry think of the stress that those families will be under. Also, this situation
is probably making policemen much more well off financially. There is a ton of Police overtime in the Saint Louis area. Where is the money going to
come from? Reduced social services. Less snow cleanup. Less emergency response units, Less transportation for seniors and the ill? The
municipality of Hazelwood which is right next door has already declared that there will no longer be specialized mass transit buses used to pick up
the elderly or sick for doctors appointments due to budget shortfall.
Hazelwood bus service....
Has there been any studies of the effects of the riots in LA and other areas 20 years later? I just wonder if these protester will think it has been
worth it twenty years later?