What I’ve been learning over the course of my life is that diagnoses exist to help get people services they need— but there’s no such thing as mental illness. We’re all mentally ill and we’re all haunted by something, and some people manage to find a way to ride it out so that they don’t wind up needing extra help. So I think that ‘mental illness,’ as a term, is garbage. Everybody is in various states of needing to transcend something. I believe in mental health care, but when we call people ‘crazy,’ we exclude them from our circle. That’s bogus— you’re in the same boat as they are! Maybe some people are better at pretending they don’t harbor all kinds of issues, but, really, everyone has them.
The Parliamentary law reform committee in the Australian state of Victoria has recommended that the government move forward in creating a law that would provide all donor conceived children with the opportunity to seek out their biological donor-parent, even those conceived before 1988, who, up to this point, have no legal right to access any information about their donor. What are the implications of this bold move? If such sweeping legislation comes into effect, Victoria, to my knowledge, will be the first governmental entity to retroactively legislate for the abolishing of anonymous donation, even when donors donated under the auspices of anonymity.
M Ward at Crescent tonight was great!
“And I never gave you the best part of me/ I just left you in charge for a little while”
Mark Twain (via alecshao)
When I was seventeen,
My mother said to me
“Don’t stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die.”
A different vantage point truly can change one’s perspective on things. Thanks, Science:
Astronaut Ron Garan did an AMA on reddit. This photo was his reply when asked, “Have you seen anything when looking down on earth or into space that has you completely awed that is captured in your memory for the rest of your life?” It’s the illuminated border between India and Pakistan, as seen from the International Space Station.
Realizing what this picture depicted had a big impact on me. When viewed from space, Earth almost always looks beautiful and peaceful. However, this picture is an example of man-made changes to the landscape in response to a threat, clearly visible from space. This was a big surprise to me. (…)
The point is not that we can look down at the Earth and see a man-made border between India and Pakistan. The point is that we can look down at that same area and feel empathy for the struggles that all people face. We can look down and realize that we are all riding through the Universe together on this spaceship we call Earth, that we are all interconnected, that we are all in this together, that we are all family.
~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor