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Gay Marriage Isn’t About Justice, It’s About Selma Envy
Once upon a time in social studies class, my generation learned that moral righteousness was found in opposing an injustice that nobody else opposed. And when we found that injustice, nobody was going to take away our long-desired holiness.
yesterday by fairyrevel
Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. - The Washington Post
Mental illness hardly disqualifies one from the presidency. Abraham Lincoln is thought to have suffered from severe depression, but he held himself together and the union, too. “Equating mental illness with incapacity merely stigmatizes the mentally ill,” clinical psychologist Craig Malkin writes in “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” But Malkin and other contributors argue that Trump’s behavior — his political statements and actions as well as his interviews, books and social-media activity — suggest more ominous possibilities.

Trump displays signs of “extreme present hedonism,” the tendency to live in the moment without considering consequences, seeking to bolster one’s self-esteem no matter the risk. Or he exhibits “narcissistic personality disorder,” which includes believing you’re better than others, exaggerating your achievements and expecting constant praise. Combine hedonism, narcissism and bullying, and you get “an impulsive, immature, incompetent person who, when in the position of ultimate power, easily slides into the role of the tyrant,” Philip Zimbardo (of the famous Stanford prison experiment) and Rosemary Sword write. Others suggest that Trump shows indications of sociopathy, including lack of empathy, absence of guilt and intentional ma­nipu­la­tion. Put it all together and you have “malignant narcissism,” which includes antisocial behavior, paranoid traits, even sadism.

“Mr. Trump’s sociopathic characteristics are undeniable,” retired Harvard psychiatry professor Lance Dodes concludes. “They create a profound danger for America’s democracy and safety. Over time these characteristics will only become worse, either because Mr. Trump will succeed in gaining more power and more grandiosity with less grasp on reality, or because he will engender more criticism producing more paranoia, more lies, and more enraged destruction.” And when the president stands before the U.N. General Assembly and threatens to “totally destroy” an enemy country of 25 million people, enraged destruction seems on point.
society  mental  politics 
yesterday by corrales
The Origins of Aggressive Atheism - The Atlantic
The answer to why they shout:

“For the near future, dialogue and empathy may have limited traction in a young social movement," the authors ultimately conclude. For members of a movement that's struggled to gain legitimacy and visibility in a deeply religious country, shouting may still seem more effective.
yesterday by corrales
Why JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is wrong about bitcoin—commentary
Perhaps I have fallen too far down the rabbit hole and my view is warped by my business interest — but there is a reason that I decided to take the career risk of shifting my focus to this new asset class. The reason is that I have seen this movie before with the emergence of the internet.

In the early 1990s, I was a fledgling trader who had moved to New York to make his mark on Wall Street. The internet, as I knew it, existed on a single computer at the end of the trading desk. This "internet" appeared only to be useful for something called email, which, to a trader with telephones on each ear seemed like a novelty. In hindsight, it's abundantly clear that I was too young and inexperienced (read: dumb) to understand the revolution that was happening right before my eyes.

Of course, Jamie Dimon could be correct and this trend toward acceptance might reverse. In that case, I will be the one blending his words into a smoothy and drinking it. But, if I learned anything during my formative years on Wall Street, it's that "nothing can stop an idea whose time has come."
society  finance  Business  future 
yesterday by corrales
Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax -
The political mess has been “a topic of conversation and a source of anxiety in nearly every clinical case that I have worked with since the presidential election,” said Robert Duff, a psychologist in California. He wrote a 2014 book, “Hardcore Self-Help,” whose subtitle proposes to conquer anxiety in the coarse language that has also defined a generation.
society  mental 
yesterday by corrales
Lady Gaga may be a superstar, but her new documentary makes her struggles extremely relatable
While these scenes are obviously less relatable, Gaga somehow manages to show how they're intertwined with her pain, sleep deprivation, relationship heartbreak, and loneliness. She's not complaining about her circumstances as much as she's viscerally aware that they're shaping her in ways that don't feel right. That suffering is universal and perhaps being able to communicate it is why Gaga is a global phenomenon. 

On social media and through her Born This Way Foundation, which focuses partly on mental health, Gaga constantly attacks the stigma of admitting both physical and emotional pain. In the film, she grieves with her grandmother over the 1974 death of her aunt, after whom her album Joanne is named. While her grandmother urges Gaga not to become "maudlin" over Joanne's death, because it happened so long ago and her daughter has not been forgotten, the scene is a moving reminder that family trauma never ends — it just moves like an undercurrent through the next generation.  
health  mental  society 
yesterday by corrales
The Civic Project of American Christianity by Michael Hanby | Articles | First Things
The civic project has taken as gospel ­Murray’s conviction that the founders “built better than they knew.” But this presupposes the very thing in question: that the state and its institutions are merely juridical and that they neither enforce nor are informed by the ontological and anthropological judgments inherent in their creation.
society  christianity  politics 
yesterday by fairyrevel
The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism by R. R. Reno | Articles | First Things
Rereading The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism today, however, my reaction is different. Capitalism is not a choice, as it seemed to me and many others when Michael wrote his book. It is our fate—and our problem.
culture  society  politics 
yesterday by fairyrevel
Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society
This is a story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world.

These little cuties are 50% Triangles, 50% Squares, and 100% slightly shapist. But only slightly! In fact, every polygon prefers being in a diverse crowd:
games  society  visualization  racism  diversity  bias  game  segregation  simulation  ghetto  ghettoisation 
2 days ago by kybernetikos
There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever | History | Smithsonian
When tulips came to the Netherlands, all the world went mad. A sailor who mistook a rare tulip bulb for an onion and ate it with his herring sandwich was charged with a felony and thrown in prison. A bulb named Semper Augustus, notable for its flame-like white and red petals, sold for more than the cost of a mansion in a fashionable Amsterdam neighborhood, complete with coach and garden. As the tulip market grew, speculation exploded, with traders offering exorbitant prices for bulbs that had yet to flower. And then, as any financial bubble will do, the tulip market imploded, sending traders of all incomes into ruin.
politics  society 
2 days ago by datenheini
Loneliness: The cost of the 'last taboo' - BBC News
There are an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK who have "chronic" loneliness, with links to poorer physical and mental health and increased use of GPs, hospitals and social services.
The campaign says it should be seen as a problem in public health terms, like obesity and smoking.
For a decade of an older person's life, the extra economic cost of loneliness is calculated as £6,000. [...] "Everyone's on their phones, they're closed off."
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