Existence In A Mad World!
Philosopher René Descartes had once exclaimed: “Cogito, Ergo Sum” (“I think, therefore I exist“). Generally, when one finds her/himself sitting all alone in a corner, thinking… at times, the world of those thought processes become blurred… and at times, it becomes dazzling! It is, as if, there is one human being inside another. Is it a dual entity? In scientific terms, it is called Bipolar Disorder! Perhaps, this is why some great authors, like Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) and Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961), had committed suicide.
Often, the coexistence of these two different worlds has confused people. Sometimes, one feels depressed even in happy circumstances. Then, s/he might find tears in her/his eyes and the person would try to hide her/himself from this world. Even some eminent personalities had to spend a few days at mental asylums. However, it was difficult to gauge their mental conditions in those days…
For some people, life often tends to become a joke… or a heavy burden that is difficult to beat. It is such a time when anger, sorrow, hatred, and other emotions surround the person’s logical being, making her/him helpless. Naturally, the person thinks about ending her/his own life. Why are people so helpless? Why are people in chains? Why do people think that only death can give them the ultimate freedom? Perhaps, Vincent Willem van Gogh – the Dutch post-impressionist painter – had all the answers!
Yes, another person, wearing a jacket of a suicide-bomber, lives inside us, too! Often, that person controls us, our emotions, our lives… According to science, human mind is basically a Chemistry! The abnormal release of hormones Serotonin and Dopamine in the brain makes one depressed. While Dopamine is associated with happiness, Serotonin regulates our mood. When a person is physically attracted to another, an activation of Dopamine and Serotonin increased and production of Oxytocin – a hormone that reduces pain perception and increases the emotional connection we have with the other, occurs. It is not possible for common people to understand this complex chemistry.
This state of mind should not be considered as a person’s personal feeling… but, as a Social Feeling. In his publication ‘Madness and Civilisation‘ (1961), French Philosopher Paul-Michel Foucault (October 15, 1926 – June 25, 1984) said it was unfortunate that mad people were not treated well in the Mental Hospitals. Foucault also accused the Society of driving some persons mad! Now, people have become more conscious of mental illness. However, to take the patient to a doctor is not enough. A mental patient also needs sympathy from others. One would have to show patience to feel the pain of a mental patient. The role of the State in this regard is also important, as its duty will not be over by implementing new laws in order to punish the perpetrators.
If necessary, the Mass Media can help the Society realise the problems of these helpless persons. Plays, films, literature can do this job, as it is necessary for each and every member of the society to enjoy this world, irrespective of their mental conditions…
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