reply to post by michael1983l
I think it would exist even if we had a different sort of society. Mental illness is not just brought on by stresses, chemicals in our food and
water, etc. Those things may contribute a great deal to it, but they are not the only causes.
Mental illness is reported as far back as we have writing. Some studies have indicated that some mental illnesses, (bipolar, schizophrenia) may be
the result of an infection while the mother is pregnant, (like a flu) and the resulting immune response triggering a virus that is in our very DNA.
Turns out, schizophrenia may be more than just a disease in concept, but actually a virus itself. According to new research, as much as eight
percent of the human genome consists of viruses that inserted themselves into our DNA for replication, including the gene that causes schizophrenia.
I think we could order society MUCH better than we currently do, in order to assure human happiness, and to facilitate our fulfillment as beings.
Much, much better. I think our society is actually designed to make us UN happy, as unhappiness drives consumption of goods we hope will make us
happier, and because the majority of humans are not very thoughtful, we have designed our society on the premise that "more" will make us happier,
when in fact, it really doesnt, and in fact that whole ideology traps us in a miserable and doomed spiral.
Philosophers have long contemplated human happiness, and how to live a "good" life, in harmony with our own nature, and nature in general. And at
least one of them succeeded in figuring out how we could do that. (Plato)
The problem is that humans dont really know what would make them happy, and what they think will, wont, and what will make them happy, they find
beneath contempt compared to the trinkets and superficial pleasures they believe will satisfy them, and so we never have, (and likely never will)
actually live the good life that satisfies the majority of people in a real and deep way.
But even if we did live that perfect for us life, there would still be people who were plagued by various illnesses, mental illness included.
I doubt, however, that there would be even a fraction of the number of people suffering from the more minor mental disorders such as depression,
anxiety, and neurosis. I firmly believe that many of those conditions would shrink to almost nothing if society were designed to serve humans, and
humanity, and with human happiness as a goal, rather than growth and profit.