a reply to: Urantia1111
Your hypothesis falls apart under the following strains.
Africa, or more properly, the many nations which make up the African continent, whether we are speaking of rural areas, tribal cultures, or more
urban locales and societies, experiences mental illness in their populations also. Of course, it has been typical for people expressing mental
illnesses ranging from epileptic fits, to delusions and paranoia, to be treated as if they are possessed by dark forces, and simply killed outright,
lest the devils within them reach out and harm the rest of the culture concerned, although this is more common in the precise sorts of places, that
you are talking about, the rural, tribalist regions, where there is little by way of safety, and much danger in the simple business of getting from
the start of the day to the end of it.
The stigma attached in many regions of Africa, to people experiencing detachment from reality as a result of mental illness, is so strong that it has
led to many people being killed for what we know to be absolutely no good reason whatsoever, which is an absolutely unacceptable situation and must,
eventually be altered, by way of educational efforts on the part of centres of learning in Africa, reaching out to rural, tribal communities to
prevent unnecessary death and cruelty being inflicted on those afflicted by mental health problems.
Mental illness does NOT come about as a result of a soft existence, nor is it limited to what we commonly refer to as the "developed" world. It spans
the entire breadth of the human race, can affect people from any origin point, living in any region on the face of Earth, from tallest peak to lowest
delta, from richest and most affluent lands, to regions suffering financial woes uncountable in number, in places with large cities, and places where
there is nothing but savanna. It is simply a facet of human existence, that some people are not wired in a manner conducive to what we refer to as
"normal" modes of behaviour or emotional existence, whether that situation developed as a matter of neurophysiology during maturation in the womb, or
in an epigenetic manner, or as a result of trauma during the sentient experience of the person suffering the complaint.