The self-medicated masses

This is my response to the article:

NYTimes: Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School 

“It’s unfair to prescribe a pill for students who may be unmotivated to digest what teachers are forcing them to memorize, in our society that glorifies standardized testing procedures, when they aren’t properly diagnosed.

Freeman’s icepick trick seemed like a panacea for mentally unstable individuals back in the 40s before we had the vast number of professionally trained psychologists that we have today.

We should look at the root causes of these outbursts, the aloofness, and rebellious natures of the young before we decide to take their personality away, stealing their rights as human beings as well, all in the name of earning good grades.

It’s only natural that children today question the authority of their elders, as they have myriad options at their fingertips, where they may find a better source for information online.

Can we allow room for discussion before we jump to medication as a solution to the problem?”

My question is: Is there a pill that enables us to make good decisions? And if we prostratef ourselves in the name of the deities who created such a miracle, would this enable us to become a better nation, one person at a time?

We are making Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” become a reality. In a society filled with an increasing number of atheists, we are looking to science to cure everything the media has proposed is wrong in us. Instead looking into ourselves and deciding to quit eating junkfood because our sleep patterns are interrupted or slow down on the coffee as it triggers anxiety, allowing room for excuses as to why we fight with our loved ones or belong to a certain sphere of people we asscoiate with, as cultish chain-smoking groups and meaningless internet memes give us more reason to prod the beast into changing who we are instead of making these decisions ourselves is less controversial than saying to a friend, “I found God” or “I don’t know why, I just do it.”

We point to characters in movies and infamous psychologists who have an authority over us that we lack in ourselves. We lack the courage to embrace feelings of suicide and worry because being human disrupts our ability to function in a world where if as a politician you mention you like Sesame Street’s Big Bird on live television, in front of 50,000 viewers and the million or so others online who have no comprehension of the lessons to be learned from listening to the entire debate, will lose sight of their own position in lieu of a better–more nationally recognized–quote or joke that offers a quicker way of ending a conversation, as people are afraid to add to a new, thought-provoking way of thinking.

This is what I understand. I don’t have a solution to our problem, I’m requesting that we become better informed about the drugs we allow to scramble up our bodies and minds, whether you take the news at face value and fail to criticize what you read (including this long-winded tirade) and resist the urge to tell your doctor you need a week to make the decision to medicate your child or not.

We’re human, we make mistakes, but we shold give ourselves enough credit to admit to them.

What do you think?

[Edit] Here is an article written by the Central Florida Future which proves steps are being taken in the right direction. [/Edit]

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